The Young Ambassadors scheme got off to a great start with an induction day at the University of Sheffield. We started with a talk from Prof. Alan Mycroft of Cambridge University, who is co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. After that, the ambassadors circulated around four activities; Raspberry Pi programming, computer speech synthesis, virtual reality simulator and Microsoft Kinect programming. At the end of the day certificates were presented by Prof. Mike Hounslow, the University of Sheffield’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Engineering.


A subsequent session at the University provided an introduction to computer programming, based on the Python language. It taught the basic concepts, coding constructs and problem solving needed to build useful software and introduced the key ideas of object-oriented programming, which underpin the organisation of most modern software.