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The About Us Poetry & Coding Competition is run by The Poetry Society, Stemettes and 59 Productions for young people aged 4-18, based on the theme of ‘connectivity and the universe’. Young people are invited to reflect on the infinite ways in which we are connected to the universe, the natural world, and one another from the Big Bang to the present day.
Participants were encouraged to entry either a poem or an animation using the Scratch coding platform, Luke entered his Scratch animation and was selected as 1 of 3 winners from Scotland and was also given the opportunity to be interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland on 1 March about his win. Luke’s animation is also being featured in the live, open-air show.
About Us is at Paisley Abbey from 1 to 6 March, an open-air event that combines live performances and multimedia installations to celebrate the entire history of the universe. At night, About Us will transform the landmark Paisley Abbey into a vast canvas combining awe-inspiring live projection-mapped animation with poetry, music, and live choral singing.
Ms McColgan, Computing Science Teacher said: “In the Computing Department at Heriot’s, we are passionate about teaching coding and computational thinking. The department teaches a specialist period of Computing Science one period per week in both P6 and P7 and it is a core curricular subject in S1 and S2. We have a successful department with happy and motivated pupils who achieve excellent results in SQA exams.”
At school, Luke (S2) is also involved in the cross country club, is a school digital ambassador, plays the lead role in the Senior School Drama production and has also stared in various TV shows and programmes.