Have fun with coding this half term at Colonnade House at a day of coding workshops with Genius Brighton. There are 3 workshops to book onto including an introducion to data science and hacking using Minecraft.
Supported by the British Airways i360, CGG, and the University of Sussex’s DISCUS data science centre.
GET INTO DATA SCIENCE : AN INTRODUCTION (ages 12 – 18+) // 10.00 – 12.00 & 15.00 – 17.00 // £12
In Worthing for the very first time. Come and learn about data science from a physicist and a data scientist. We’ll show you the tools we use, and you’ll get some hands-on experience of analysing a dataset.
If you’ve ever wondered how Netflix knows what to recommend to you, how Tik Tok decides which videos to show you next, or even how we discover valuable minerals kilometres under the ground, the answer is Data Science. If you’ve ever wondered who advises governments on how much to spend on health, or education, or on how many COVID vaccines to buy – the answer is: data scientists.
One of the most useful and marketable technical skills, data science combines many scientific disciplines – computer science, mathematics, statistics, and even some creative disciplines. It takes creativity to make huge amounts of data appealing and meaningful to people. When you see charts and graphs on the news, you’re seeing data science in action. It’s an exciting field of science, closely related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
INTRODUCTION TO HACKING, WITH MINECRAFT AND PYTHON (ages 9+) // 12.30 – 14.30 // £12
The world of work is changing fast. How can we know which specific skills our children are likely to need when they grow up? We can’t. What we CAN do is equip them with the ability to teach themselves, to think critically, to solve problems and analyse data rationally.
That’s what learning to code is all about.
This workshop is all about curiosity, trying things out, picking things apart and putting them back together. In a word – hacking.
In this short two-hour session you’ll get a fast introduction to one of the most important programming languages in the world at the moment – Python. You’ll use it to hack the Minecraft game, and find out how to automate the boring bits. We’ll encourage you to try things out, ask questions, change things and see what ideas you can come up with.
About Andrew Riley-Watson
Hi – I’m Andrew, and I run Genius Brighton educational workshops. You might know us from our Venture Coders workshops. I’m a working scientist – a physicist – working in geophysics and data science. I’ve been running workshops like this, in and around Brighton, for children since around 2015. I also tutor maths, physics and coding privately.
Our workshops are all about developing the skills our children will need in the future – it’s not about creating a generation of computer scientists! We want to create a generation of children that have the skills to follow their passion wherever it takes them, without feeling restricted by a rigid education. That means having the confidence to learn new things, to solve problems, to not be afraid to dive into something new. This, more than anything else, is what you can expect from our workshops.
Find out more here.