Fife Council’s Economic Development Service has launched a new Culture of Enterprise programme, which combines history and technology, in a bid to develop the skills of the region’s young people and help them on their future career pathway.

In the Footsteps of Kings is a new programme, aimed at senior phase pupils in Fife. The young people are being challenged to create an interactive game, based on St Andrews’ royal connections, which will form part of Fife Tourism Partnership’s award-winning augmented reality app of the same name.

Eight students from Madras College in St Andrews are working to create a new augmented reality game for the town’s tourism sector. The pupils are currently researching the royal historic connection in St Andrews before developing the game’s concept. From there, they will work with app developer, Mardles, to bring their ideas to life via a series of virtual sessions.

Julie McLaren, Principle Teacher Curriculum – Technologies, at Madras College, said:

“In the Footsteps of Kings allows Madras College pupils to gain a valuable opportunity to work with a real business, Mardles, to create augmented reality media that incorporates some historical reference to royals with connections to St Andrews.

“The course is delivered virtually, and it is the pupil’s responsibility to grasp the tasks set and ensure they complete it to a high standard and with deadlines. Already the pupils have improved skills in key areas such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, preparing them for employment and further study.”

Ann Camus, Enterprise & Business Development Manager at Fife Council, said:

“In the Footsteps of Kings is a welcome addition to Fife Council Economic Development’s Culture of Enterprise Programme, especially as businesses are becoming more digitally-driven.

“It is practical initiatives like this, which are vital in embedding a culture of enterprise into the classroom, whilst developing digital skills and gaining an insight into project management, problem solving, team working and innovative thinking. Developing these key skills now, will prepare these young people in their career choices.”

The intention is that Madras College’s St Andrews’ based game will go live at the start of next year’s tourism season, and will be part of Fife Tourism Partnership’s In the Footsteps of Kings augmented reality app, which already boasts games at ancient landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, MacDuff Castle and Markinch Church.