School of Informatics

Widening participation

Outreach, champions, staff and student activities

Many staff and students organise or support activities to promote Informatics to school pupils and the wider public. Examples include participation in Innovative Learning Week, Edinburgh International Science Festival, SCI-FUN, First Lego League, Sutton Trust Summer School and Prewired, a regular programming club for people under the age of 19 in Edinburgh.

Dr Areti Manataki

Case study: Dr Areti Manataki

Winner of the won the 2016 Head of College Prize for Outreach.

Between 2014-16, Dr Manataki has run:

  • Game On!, an introductory programming workshop for children at the Edinburgh International Science Festival with student helpers Maria Astefanoaei, James Garforth, Yann Sweeney
  • Code Yourself! an online introduction to programming, also available in Spanish, run with student helpers Sander Keemink, Maria Astefanoaei and Ludovica Luisa Vissat (over 120,000 participants worldwide so far)
  • ‘Blend it with the Code Yourself! MOOC’ (Massive Online Open Course) workshop for teachers at the Computing at School Scotland Conference 2015
  • Coding.Demystified programming workshops for parents and other adults at Prewired2015
  • Game maker's guide to software engineering, workshop at Sutton Trust Summer School 2015
  • Programming course for Inspire, July 2016.

In addition, Dr Manataki was a participant in the Program your own computer game exhibition at Explorathon 2014, gave a talk, My tech story so far, at Code First: Girls intensive weekend, 2014. She has also been a judge at the First Lego League, 2014-2016.

Case study: Professor Sethu Vijayakumar

Winner of the University’s 2015 Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Professor Vijayakumar delivered the Tam Dalyell Lecture on robotics at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, organised a public debate, How Robotics will Shape our Lives, in association with the British Science Association and took part in the launch of BBC micro:bit, an ambitious initiative to inspire children across the UK to learn basic programming. He is a judge on BBC 2's cult TV series, Robot Wars.

Useful links

Informatics in Innovative Learning Week 2016

Informatics at Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016


First Lego League

Sutton Trust Summer School


Code Yourself! MOOC