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Digital World, a Skills Development Scotland programme, is getting behind Computer Science Educating Week (3-9 December 2018) which is backed by the likes of Bill Gates, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. 

The tech sector partnership is organising a series of hands-on computer science events in Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh, and an online cyber security tutorial which can be accessed country wide.

In Inverness on Tuesday 4th December, pupils from six schools will visit the Digital Studio and Careers Lab to get involved with a Cracking Cryptography workshop, as well as hearing from Police Scotland. The children will become Forensic Computer Analysts for the day, learning how to use computers for message encryption and decryption.

The following day, Royal Bank of Scotland will open its cyber security doors publicly for the first time, giving 40 Edinburgh pupils an opportunity to visit their headquarters, and attempt to hack the bank! The three-hour exercise, described as a “tech focused murder mystery play” will teach kids about a range of cyber security issues including email phishing, credit card fraud and personal online security.

Meanwhile, pupils from across the country can sign up for an online cyber skills course on Thursday 6 December. Participants of SDS’s Cyber Live Lessons will take on the role of a digital defence team tasked with protecting their “company” from wave after wave of simulated cyber-attacks. More than 10,000 S1-S3 school children took part in a series of similar events when the Live Lessons first launched last year.

Finally, the University of Dundee is making sure kids in Tayside don’t miss out by visiting 12 schools to run a series of coding events and talks throughout the week.

Claire Gillespie, sector manager for digital technologies at SDS, said: “It‘s great to see so many opportunities for young people to develop digital technology skills."

"But this isn’t just about supporting young people into tech jobs. The fact is that all jobs now, and in the future. will have a digital element to them, so it is vital that school pupils develop these skills to help themselves both personally and professionally going forward.”

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