Lancaster University computer scientists are at the forefront of a UK-wide BBC initiative launched today to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.
The BBC today (March 12) launched BBC Make it Digital in the face of a significant skills shortage with 1.4 million digital professionals needed over the next five years.
BBC Make it Digital will capture the spirit of the BBC Micro, which helped Britain get to grips with the first wave of personal computers in the 1980s, for the digital age.
It will put digital creativity in the spotlight like never before, and help build the nation’s digital skills, through an ambitious range of new programmes, partnerships and projects.
Lancaster University is one of 50 organisations working with the BBC on the initiative. Other organisations include major corporations such as ARM, Barclays, BT, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.
Lancaster University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Sharon Huttly said: “Lancaster University has an excellent track record in Computer Science research, teaching and public engagement. BBC Make it Digital and Micro Bit provide us with the opportunity to combine these strengths and reach out to every Year 7 child across the country to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists.
“We are delighted to be part of the team involved in such a dynamic and far-reaching project alongside our industry partners at a time when the school curriculum from primary to A-level is developing to recognise Computing as the new fourth science for Schools.”
For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/make-it-digital