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Edinburgh Digital Festival 2016

During 2016, we worked with partners Riverside Studios to design and develop a programme of activity to run as a ‘Games studio’ for the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival. The Games Studio was designed to run every day, 7 days a week, for the duration of the festival and to provide an innovative learning space at the Assembly rooms, where children and their families could engage with digital learning and creative activities.

Developing skills in Creativity, Digital, Computer Coding and Collaborative Learning.

The aim was to:

  1. Use the games studio as a space to deliver engaging learning using digital technology
  2. Reach as many parents and children as possible
  3. Promote digital, creative family focused, learning opportunities
  4. Explore and evaluate the most impactful and effective activities in preparation for future festivals

The Games room was designed to develop skills in Creativity, Digital, Computer Coding and Collaborative Learning. The activities were shared across the 4 weeks of the festival and individual workshops ran for between 3-5 days. The hardware used was chosen to follow an agnostic and agile approach so that learners could choose different types of hardware and also experience different cutting edge technologies.

We also endeavoured to showcase the latest software and hardware such as the BBC Micro:bit that launched in June 2016 and wasn't available to buy until September 2016. In addition, we ran daily workshops to enable learners, parents and their children to work together to create innovative digital content and explore.

Game Studio - Visitor’s Comments

In an attempt to capture some of the participants learning experiences we ran an online survey and captured feedback on what learners enjoyed most about their workshop experience:

“Working with the Micro:Bit, being introduced to the various websites tutorials etc by friendly and very approachable team”

“Great one on one approach, great workshop, would love to do it all over again!”

“Well organised, structured, great outcomes”

“I loved how much my son loved it & even with learning difficulties the BLC staff was very accommodating”

“I loved being part of this new experience. Really fantastic software.”

“Seeing my son getting the opportunity to Interact and make friends with other participants & working together on the task to build and code a robot was lovely. Will see you next year!”

“The programming and doing a hands on activity with the Micro:bit & Meeting Milo with WeDo”

 A number of teachers, local authority education representatives and government advisors visited the sessions as parents/family members and instantly made the connection to what EDEF was delivering in the Games Studio to the requirements of the Scottish Curriculum for Digital activities and also the opportunities to develop creative and play-based learning activities for teachers and schools.


of people asked, rated the workshops as excellent. We had some repeat customers for different workshops.


of people asked, said that they would like to see more activities like this in their area.


of people asked, said that they would definitely return again next year for more Digital Workshops.

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