More than 4,630 children discovered more about the world of computers during an online event coordinated by Solent Partners.

The team worked with 76 schools across the region, inviting pupils aged between 9-13 to "unlock the code" by learning and sharing programming skills through interactive workshops.

Solent Partners is an industry-led body that aims to promote the prosperity and sustainability of the Solent economy.

Chairman Rachael Randall said: "The workshops offered a perfect opportunity for teachers looking to spark an interest in coding among their students and for young minds eager to explore the limitless possibilities of programming.

"The positive feedback we received from students, parents, and educators highlighted the success of this event.

"Solent Coding Day marks a significant step towards building a digitally proficient future workforce, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of our increasingly digital world."

Children were introduced to coding and its potential to shape their digital futures.

The event provided an opportunity for pupils of all abilities to learn at their own pace through a pre-recorded session delivered by Barclays Code Playground (Digital Eagles).

They also had the opportunity to attend a live assembly, delivered by Tech She Can, which focused on careers in tech/digital linked to sport, entertainment, and history.

Other activities included a compass-themed game created by Ordnance Survey to inspire the geographers and tech professionals of the future.

Another event on February 6 will feature two live online "Demystifying AI" classes to raise awareness of Safer Internet Day.

Ms Randall added: "People often think of themselves as being non-technical, but every artist, town planner or manager uses technology on an hourly basis to perform their job.

"We are looking for volunteers to speak about how they use technology or digital tools in their work, for instance creative designers using graphic tools, social media content creators using planning tools, or videographers using camera equipment.

"We hope this will make young people see that regardless of their career aspirations, having a basic understanding of technology is key.

"We are particularly keen to see women in business apply so that girls, who often avoid the more technological-based courses in school, are inspired to find out more.

"All types of role models from all industries would be heartily welcome though."