Inaugural Discover Digital event to inspire local students

The flagship event will see Telford school pupils learn about the area’s tech industry and explore their career opportunities

1,000 Telford school children are being invited to experience pioneering technologies first hand at the inaugural ‘Discover Digital’ event on 28th June; a free-to-attend digital event hosted by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of the town’s Telford@50 celebrations. 

10 to 16-year-olds from across borough schools will have the chance to get to grips with the latest in cutting-edge tech – including artificial intelligence (AI), drones and cyber security – learn more about future careers, and meet with professionals from high-profile employers across the sector.

Several well-known businesses and educational establishments leading the way in digital technologies are supporting the event, including Capgemini, BT, Immersive AV, TDS and University of Wolverhampton, each hosting their own digital and high tech displays throughout the day.

Pupils can explore nine interactive zones, ranging from robotics and engineering to sports and entertainment, as well as put their racing skills to the test in a full-motion F1 simulator, interact with a conductive ink wall, try out a special Scalextric kit equipped with AI and facial recognition technologies and even meet Titan the Robot. 

Craig Wappett, Vice President at Capgemini, Telford’s biggest tech employer, said: “As a forward-thinking company we’ve invested heavily in digital solutions thanks to the ever-increasing impact of automation and artificial intelligence on corporate performance. Telford is at the beating heart of technological innovation in the UK and so Capgemini is excited to be supporting Discover Digital to meet the next generation of tech talent.” 

Pupils from Charlton School (L to R) – Harry Cole (Y10), Katie Gough (Y10), Riley Hodgetts (Y9)

Alongside the exhibitors’ stands, there are also ten pre-bookable tech masterclasses to enjoy, including How to Be a Cyber Hero, which teaches kids about ways to stay safe online, the future of virtual and augmented reality in education and forensic science in historic crime scenes.

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A lunchtime video link with former Astronaut Andy Allen, who worked as a test pilot before flying three Space Shuttle missions for NASA, will give children the opportunity to learn about the applications of tech in space exploration and discovery.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “‘Discover Digital’ is an integral part of our ongoing Telford@50 celebrations and promises to be a fantastic opportunity for the children who attend. It also shines a light on the area’s thriving tech sector and further builds on our well-established reputation as a hotbed of innovation, which has led to both national and global firms investing in the town. We’re thrilled so many local businesses are coming out to support the event and dedicating resources to the future faces of technology.”

Discover Digital is taking place at Southwater Square, Telford on Thursday 28th June. There are two sessions available: 10am–1pm or 1pm–4pm with up to 500 student spaces at each. Free lunch and transport to and from schools is provided, as well as a Telford@50 goody bag for every pupil that attends.

Jackie Dunne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access & Lifelong Learning), at University of Wolverhampton, added: “The growing tech sector offers a world of opportunities for young people. Part of University of Wolverhampton’s commitment to being a digital hub is building a talent pipeline, educating students on the higher education pathways available and helping them get a foot on the career ladder.”

Admissions to attend the event should be sent to discoverdigital@telford.gov.ukquoting the number of student tickets needed. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, head to:https://www.telford50.co.uk/discoverdigital.

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