BBC’s Make it Digital tour to visit towns and cities across the UK

Aimed at a wide age range, it’s a great opportunity for both young and older to get to grips with the idea of what digital and coding is all about.Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning
Date: 03.06.2015     Last updated: 03.06.2015 at 10.03
BBC Learning and BBC English Regions are joining up this summer to bring the BBC Make it Digital tour to 13 locations across the UK beginning in Plymouth Hoe on 27 June.

Unveiled in March this year, Make it Digital is the BBC’s flagship education focus for 2015, a major UK‐wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. The BBC’s Make it Digital tour aims to put digital creativity in the spotlight like never before, and help build the nation’s digital skills through a series of free events across the country.

Aiming to inspire audiences to learn about digital alongside some of the BBC’s best loved brands and live broadcasts, each event consists of:

BBC Weather which uses the variables found in the jet stream to introduce visitors to the basics of coding. Some lucky visitors to the event could also get the chance to present the weather with their BBC local weather presenter.

Digital Discovery is a celebration of digital past, present and future and chronicles the digital story from the first computers to tablets; from Morse code to mobile phones. Local experts and companies will also be on hand to showcase their own digital discoveries and innovations.

Doctor Who offers the chance to get to grips with coding by programming The Doctor’s arch enemy, the Daleks. On their quest to retrieve the Orb of Fates, children are encouraged to become a live Dalek, shoot a Cyberman, then drop the drawbridge, before attempting to tackle the devious Dalek maze as part of the BBC’s Doctor and the Dalek game.

BBC English Regions Bus – from where local radio stations will be broadcasting live, as well as offering a behind the scenes peep at how the digital world has revolutionised broadcasting.

The locations the BBC’s Make it Digital tour is visiting are:

  • Plymouth – 27 June
  • Belfast – 2, 3, & 4 July
  • Cambridge – 11 & 12 July
  • Bristol – 18 & 19 July
  • Sunderland – 25 & 26 July
  • Nottingham - 1 & 2 August
  • Blackpool – 15 & 16 August
  • Bournemouth – 22 & 23 August
  • Cardiff – 30 & 31 August
  • Hull – 5 & 6 September
  • South East/London – 12 & 13 September (TBC)
  • Dundee – 19 & 20 September
  • Birmingham – 26 & 27 September

Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, says: “This tour is an important part of BBC Learning’s contribution to the Make it Digital initiative. With it being aimed at a wide age range it’s a great opportunity for both young and older to get to grips with the idea of what digital and coding is all about.

By using popular TV programmes such as Doctor Who and the Weather, we hope to demystify the digital world for the thousands of people we will meet face to face across the summer. This will all be backed up by iWonder guides and school activities as we move into the autumn.”

David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions, adds: “We are delighted to be part of the BBC’s Make it Digital Tour. It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to partner up with the many organisations and companies around England who are at the cutting edge of digital technology. We will be showcasing some of this work within the Digital Discovery Dome.

The weather is something that we are all interested in, our BBC Weather Presenters will be on hand to show how coding brings those all-important forecasts every day, some of our visitors might even get the chance to have a go at presenting a weather forecast with their help.”

BBC Make it Digital

Make it Digital is a BBC initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. Make it Digital will help all audiences see how Britain has helped shape the digital world, why digital skills matter and their growing importance to our future. For younger audiences, Make it Digital will help them discover the world of digital, see their creative potential in it and inspire them to take their first steps in computational thinking and digital skills. The BBC hopes that together with our partners, we will make a lasting impact and ensure our audiences can continue their digital journeys long after 2015.

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