Imagining Data Town

26 Jul 2019


Young people with robot

Copyright Lesley Martin

The Data Education in Schools project held three 'Data Town' events in May / June which brought together young people from across the City Region (Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife and Borders), to consider what a 'Data Town' of the future might look like. 

The purpose of the day was to take learners through a series of events in an imagined 'Data Town' to explore how data can play a part in our lives and in that of our communities. The event was part of the first phase of the Data Education in Schools project aiming to support the development of a data curriculum across primary and secondary schools in the city region.

The workshops ran in three locations: Waid Academy, Anstruther, Fife; Kelso High School, Scottish Borders, and the University of Edinburgh Pollock Halls. Over one hundred and fifty primary and secondary-aged pupils from over twenty schools across the city region attended the workshops.

The 'Data Town' event at the University on the 3rd June was also the launch event for the DDI Skills Gateway. The young people also had the opportunity to see the way that data-driven innovation is being used to support medical education and to research the use of robotics for elderly care.

Data Town workshop

Data Town workshop

Find out more about the Data Education in Schools project here