Three dozen young Nova Scotians experienced a taste of technology this summer attending week-long Digital Discovery camps organized by Digital Nova Scotia and the Discovery Centre. A special edition two-week long camp in July showcasing “made-in” Nova Scotia technology was also launched for a group of youth from Silicon Valley visiting Halifax.
The youth, aged 10-15 years old, experienced everything from robotics and basic programming to dismantling advanced computing devices to see how they work.
“By encouraging curiosity in technology and innovation, and building confidence in technology skills, we are laying the foundations for the workforce of the future,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President & CEO of Digital Nova Scotia. “It was inspiring to see the interest these kids have in technology grow and the level of creativity they have expressed through their use and understanding of technology.”
Participants saw first-hand the transformation from a digital image to a 3D model using specialized printers. Gamers were thrilled to create their own characters and storylines while learning the keys to game development concepts. The camp included tours of local firms, including animation and video game studios, and Volta Labs, Halifax’s Startup House for technology enterprises.
The next Digital Discovery Camp will take place during March Break of 2015.