Outlook bright for Aboyne computer programmers

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Aboyne Academy is among Aberdeen City and Shire secondary schools joining the computer coding revolution thanks to ‘Pi in the Sky’.

‘Pi in the Sky’ is a free science and technology resource that is being rolled out to schools across Scotland throughout the 2014/15 school year.

Budding young computer scientists from 12 local schools will be challenged to create a weather station using the state-of-the-art resource kits, developed by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC), which include two Raspberry Pi credit card sized computers, as well as sensors to monitor temperature, light, air pressure and humidity. The YESC programme was established by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Scotland’s leading independent economic development network to encourage young people in to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

More than 90 schools across Scotland are already enjoying the resource, and Cults Academy will also take part in the new initiative.

Jane Martin, YESC Programme Director said: “Coding can be difficult at first, so Pi in the Sky is an innovative resource that allows young people to work together and have fun whilst learning an important new skill.