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Digital Academy Spring Courses

Digital Academy: Intro to Python

21st March- 25th April 2024

Course Objectives

Learn how to build applications with Python and get inspired with real-world examples over six 1 hr weekly sessions.

What Will You Do?

Through a series of workshops, you will work in teams to explore the challenges that help you to build Python skills, culminating in an exciting ‘secret mission’ in which you will be required to put all your skills to the test!
Week 1: Variables and Data Types

1. Introduction to Python and Programming
2. Setting up Python Environment in Replit
3. Variables and Data Types
4. Input and Output

Week 2: Operators and Conditionals

1. Arithmetic Operators
2. Comparison and Logical Operators
3. If-Else Statements

Week 3: Lists

1. Introduction to Lists
2. List Operations
3. Nested Lists

Week 4: Loops

1. Introduction to Loops
2. For Loops
3. While Loops

Week 5: Functions

1. Introduction to Functions
2. Function Parameters and Return
3. Scope and Lifetime of Variables

Week 6: Secret Mission

1. Recap of Previous Sessions
2. Implementation of the Secret Mission
3. Course Conclusion and Next Steps
Recommended Age: 14 – 19 yrs

This course is suitable for beginners with no experience. Students will be grouped by age and experience with suitable challenges offered.
The sessions will be run online as well as in London in an interactive learning session with a professional from Vodafone who will serve as your Mentor during this training. This will generally consist of 30 minutes of lesson and 15 minutes of activity and/or group project work guided by your Mentor. You will complete Digital Challenges in each workshop. These Challenges may be completed either during the hour or outside of the course. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course once projects are submitted.

  • Joshua Fifer – Digital Project Developer @ Airbus R&D, Joshua has led Research and Development projects in emerging technologies at Airbus spanning AI, Internet of Things, Digital Twins, and Manufacturing Automation

  • Helen Barrett – Vodafone Discover Graduate Software Engineering, Helen has experience in coding languages such as Python, Bash, Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS. She has experience with AWS, and the Python Boto SDK.

This course takes place over 6 sessions on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Mar 21st @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT
  • Thursday, Mar 28th @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT
  • Thursday, Apr 4th @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT
  • Thursday, Apr 11th @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT
  • Thursday, Apr 18th @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT
  • Thursday, Apr 25th @ 6.00pm – 7.00pm GMT

Digital Academy: £150. This includes 6 online sessions to learn the fundamentals of data science and gain hands-on experience. All sessions are recorded, so you can catch up if any sessions are missed.

You will need a PC or Mac and a smart phone ideally with video camera plus charging cables + Internet connection, and access the Replit online platform through a web browser.

Under 18’s require a consent form by a parent / guardian.

Research Study

We are conducting a research study with the Digital Camp, Digital Incubator, and Digital Academy with Dr. Jonathan Beale (Oxford, Harvard), Dr. Iro Konstantinou (Eton College), and Dr. Michael Mannino (Flow Research Collective) to test how digital education and purpose-driven programmes can impact academic resilience, performance, and flow in young people as well as growth and development in mentors. Participants will be invited to complete surveys and offer feedback or may opt out of the study.

Our Mission

We aim to inspire a love of learning with young people about technology and support their journeys to first work experiences. We believe it is critical to create an engaging and inclusive environment for girls, which are under-represented in both STEM and in leadership roles.

We’re on a mission to build a sustainable education programme offering skills development and work opportunities for boys and girls of any age through a co-funded model with socially responsible businesses, educational organisations, and government.

This programme is a pilot supported by Vodafone, Microsoft, Elastacloud and volunteers from the tech and business community. Proceeds from the Digital Academy are helping to raise funds to enable us to build a sustainable programme to support students to launch their own businesses. We greatly value your support and feedback. 

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