BrightSparks, a scheme that gives youngster from some of Brighton’s most vulnerable families 12 months of technology mentorship, has received new backing from the city’s top ten tech firms.

The programme was devised by MakerClub, a Brighton-based provider of invention and design workshops for young people, as a way of closing the digital skills gap.

The programme takes place at Barclays EagleLabs, a co-working hub in London Road with design and manufacturing facilities such as laser cutters and 3D printers.

The children are taught weekly, through a wide range of projects ranging from robot building to “real world” briefs submitted by the supporting companies.

Participating organisations include Propellernet, Madgex, i-crossing, Ribot, Gene, DabApps, Plus Accounting, ClearLeft, FuturLab and Pragmatic. Together they employ more than 500 staff including some of Brighton’s most talented designers and programmers.

Each company has paid all the costs for one child to go through the scheme.

We are delighted to be part of this project and we are looking forward to getting involved over the next 12 months.

We attended a recent MakerClub at Barclays Digital Eagle Lab on Tuesday 28 March and we got to see a great group of kids taking part in a presentation challenge.

As a group we then had to decide which presentation idea was the best and the winning group were presented with some prizes!

It was a brilliant introduction to the Club and we are looking excited to meet the children that will benefit from our sponsorship…watch this space for more information!

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