On the 21st and 22nd of October, the Yard team headed along to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff to take part in Skills Cymru, a fantastic careers and skills event for Wales that attracts up to 10,000 people each year.
We attended as a part of the ESTnet Next Generation Zone, representing the electronic and software technologies industry in Wales, and our aim was to show the young people in attendance a glimpse of what we do at Yard and encourage them to consider the digital industry in the future.
We wanted to emphasise how technology can be interesting and fun, so we set up a board with a number of Raspberry Pi devices to run games which had been created using Scratch. The games were all built differently to demonstrate the various capabilities of Scratch and the Pi boards.
Visitors to the stand were particularly interested in trying out our ‘fruity drum-kit’ and finding out how it worked. We wired up a number of different types of fruit and utilised a capacitive chip in the Raspberry Pi to detect the touch of a hand or finger on each fruit and play the corresponding sound, which was programmed using Python. There were lots of amazed and slightly confused faces before we explained exactly how everything worked!
During the two day event, a competition was running for both students and teachers alike to enter which required answering quiz questions from each of the ESTnet Next Generation companies. Prizes on offer including site visits, work experience opportunities, Raspberry Pis and phone chargers.
We had a great time at Skills Cymru and we hope that some of attendees were inspired to consider a future career in tech. Until next year!