Pupils Build Their Digital Future

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Dundee primary and secondary pupils are building their digital future by constructing local landmarks in a virtual world online. 

Potential architects, designers and engineers of the years ahead are using a mix of software like Minecraft and computer aided design to recreate Dundee buildings at a local learning event. 

As part of the BBC Build It campaign, pupils from more than 25 schools are taking part in a city council and Dundee & Angus College organised gathering on Thursday to put their digital skills to the test. 

The latest 3-D printing techniques are being used to show the pupils how their screen-based creations can become reality. 

Teams of pupils are working with creative technology to assist them to understand the connections between their work in the classroom and applications in the world of careers. 

It is the latest high-profile event in an ongoing digital learning programme to deliver new chances and skills for Dundee pupils.  Attendees of this event will become #Dun3Dee Creative Technology Ambassadors for their schools in a drive to ensure sustainability of such skills with primary and secondaries. 

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families service convener, explained: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for our learners to develop their skills as a young digital workforce. 

“It is vital that they are equipped with the skills necessary for their futures and to be able to solve problems and apply solutions in real situations. 

 “This is an important event for our digital industry, for young people and for the city.” 

These sentiments were echoed by Chris Alexander, head of art and design at D&A College who said: “This is a fun and interactive event for future innovators and designers to engage in the creative process by utilising CAD and 3D Printers. 

“D&A College is proud to host this event, introducing pupils from across Tayside to technologies which will play a pivotal role in their current academic studies and future creative careers.” 

Angela Roberts, senior content producer, Online Knowledge and Learning, BBC Scotland, said: “BBC Scotland is thrilled that Dundee schools have really got behind our Build it Scotland campaign. 

“Young people have been learning digital skills, creating buildings in 3D tools such as Minecraft and thinking about their local environment in Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. We're delighted to have played a part in helping the pupils bring their digital dreams to life.”

 The event is being tagged on Twitter as #Dun3Dee

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