Dundee and Angus College opened its doors to primary and secondary students in a series of short events to introduce young people to computer science.
More than 400 pupils, representing 18 primary and secondary schools, descended upon its Gardyne Campus for a series of practical demonstrations.
They offered an insight into robotics, hardware, web development, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D animation.
Each demonstration was aimed at inspiring the children not just to play with computers but also to develop a deeper understanding of the technology.
Event organiser Gillian McGovern, who leads the college’s creative and digital industries course, said: “While designed primarily as an introduction to the field in a fun, playful environment, it is hoped the event will have inspired young people to take more of an interest in both studying and developing a career in an industry that is expected to show massive growth over the coming decade.
“The rapid growth of this £4billion industry has stretched the supply chain in terms of recruitment with many employers voicing concerns about finding the right people with the right skills.
“We are also targeting girls, as the digital industry remains very much a male-dominated area.”
Government figures estimate as many as 84,000 people are already working within Scotland’s digital technologies industry.
It continues to grow faster than any other in the country, with a projected figure of 11,000 new recruits needed each year to meet current and future demands.