Summer volunteering opportunities - Software Cornwall

Summer is here (believe it or not) and we have a few opportunities for the Software Cornwall network to support the next generation into digital careers.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve not attended any of our activities before. No experience of Arduinos, C or electronics? No problem. Never touched a Raspberry Pi? Perfect! You’ll learn something too. It’s not just coding. It’s also about coaching the students through the problem-solving process and encouraging them to use best practices. There’ll always be seasoned mentors around that can help with the finer technical details. We’re all there to help each other out. Don’t worry about being available for every single day of each activity, the odd one or two is a great help.

If you (or any of your team) are able to provide support for the activities listed below, get in touch with the education team via [email protected].

Mission to Mars

Over the course of a contained mission, teams of budding software engineers are tasked with completing a set of incrementally difficult challenges. Their mission is to code Ada & Alan to traverse the tricky martian terrain in the hope of terraforming the Martian surface. This is a really fun activity to be a part of, and one that often has a huge impact on participants future career decisions.

We have a few missions planned over the next few months:

  • July 9th to 13th, Pool
  • July 30th & 31st, Newquay
  • August 6th & 7th, Penzance
  • August 29th & 30th, Pool

More information is available at

Cornwall Tech Jam

Tech Jams are a drop in coding session for anyone aged 8 to 80. Younger participants are encouraged to try new software related tasks, from creating platform games to basic electronics and IoT devices. Some even bring their own homemade robots!

We’d love to see you there, either to help us out or to show us something cool that you’ve been working on recently.

  • Monthly, on the Second Saturday, visiting the Redruth, Bodmin and Penzance areas – Details

Minecraft Hack Day

These relaxed sessions introduce and develop young coders skills through Minecraft. Typically, we spend the mornings exploring the game before applying the same skills in other contexts, based upon the group. Past sessions have included:

  • Intro to robotics
  • Creating an IoT device
  • Generative art with Node Red

We currently have one day confirmed, with a few more hoping to be penciled in over the summer months.