Cymoedd host Rhondda Digi Fest!
Following the success of last year’s Rhondda Games Jam, staff at the Rhondda campus, Llwynypia were delighted to host this year’s Rhondda Digi Fest!
The event was organised by People & Work (a Welsh charity), Cardiff University STEM Ambassadors and local primary schools and supported by Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund and the Waterloo Foundation. Staff, learners and the community were invited to the event to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for learning, working and playing in the digital world.
Representatives from universities and schools along with employers provided a range of digital activities. These included Code Club ambassadors, representatives from the universities and their Techno Camp teams, retro games, arcade games, games construction, web building and design to name but a few. It was interesting to see seven local Primary schools showcasing their Code Club projects based on the theme “Love where you live!” Each school designed a game using coding skills learned in their code clubs supported by Cardiff University students. All the children were invited to vote on their favourite game. This year’s winner, in an exceptionally tight field, was Gelli Primary Team 1. Two other primary schools visited the festival along with pupils and students from secondary schools and all the Coleg y Cymoedd sites.
Jordan Rosser, 20 from Porth, who is studying on a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners course at the Rhondda campus and attended the event said, "It was a good event for networking and gaining contacts. Everyone was very friendly and helpful."
Campus Director, Carolyn Donegan added, “This year’s event was another great success, it provided an opportunity for our learners to experience a range of the digital activities and also to speak to the employers to find out about various careers in this field”.
People & Work’s Project Manager, James Hall said, “This was the biggest Digital Festival in the Rhondda Campus yet! Over 300 children and young people flooded through D Block! Staff who accompanied the visitors were also very involved, including two teachers from Cymer Juniors who were loving the rock guitar and drums, supported by one of their pupils on keyboard! I loved being shown how each game worked by pupils as young as seven!”
One mother said, “My son absolutely loves this! He’s only seven but he wants to design and make games based on what he’s learning now.”