INTRODUCING CODE TO KIDS!
At the beginning of 2013 James started his first Code Club at a local primary school. Backwood Web donated 5 Raspberry Pi computers to kick things off. James runs weekly after school sessions where the children learn Scratch and Python programming in a fun relaxed environment.
In 2014 the good people at Google donated some DIY Gamer Kits. These were amazing, but the interest in the club meant more equipment was needed. The club ran a successful funding campaign and were able to raise over £600. This money has been spent on future projects and equipment to ensure every child has access to the equipment they need to complete each project.
It's now 2016 and the club has grown and the children have moved on to more than just programming. We are now learning to solder and build circuits and robots!
WHAT IS CODE CLUB?
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
Code Club volunteers teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects we make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Our volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week.
Code Club's philosophy is to inspire children to build and share their ideas, leaving Code Club inspired to pursue other digital making activities, whether that’s in their spare time, in school or as a career.
The aim is for the children to gain skills that are useful to them - not only learning to program, but also learning about computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and collaboration.
Below are a few snaps of What our code club has been up to.
We need to educate a whole new generation of programmers and developers if we are to keep ahead of the IT game. It is more important than ever to introduce children to coding as early as possible to give them the opportunity to see what it's all about. With the recent introduction of the BBC's Microbit and England's new Computing curriculum, it is becoming apparent people are already taking serious action which is great!
If you are a school and would like help and advice about how to introduce coding into the classroom, get in touch and have a chat to James.
Our office number: +44 (0) 3333 356410
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