Getting Kids Coding!

A campaign to put an after-school Code Club in every single primary school across the Wakefield District is appealing to local schools and potential volunteers to get involved and find out more at a special event taking place on Wednesday 29th April at The Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield College 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

There is currently just eight code clubs in the Wakefield District but Linda Broughton from Code Club, the national volunteer-led network, and Cognitiv, the industry group supporting the district’s creative, digital and IT sector, is looking to change that by matching primary schools with potential volunteers who are looking to inspire the next generation of IT experts.

Linda Broughton comments:

“Just a small percentage of Wakefield primary schools have a code club, whilst this is a good start we want to see one in every single primary school. But, to do this we need volunteers to lend a hand.

“At Code Club children learn to code and also develop computational thinking, problem solving, planning, design and collaboration skills - all valuable skills that will benefit Wakefield employers in the future.”

Graham Howarth, from Cognitiv comments:

“Code Club is a really exciting initiative which we believe has far reaching potential. We have seen the positive impact that these code clubs have on students and also on the IT provision within schools and know that through the Code Club infrastructure and support there is the potential to have one within every primary school.

“We’re looking forward to helping Code Club get on the agenda of local schools whilst also helping to recruit individuals who share our vision and have the enthusiasm and skills to become a volunteer and to support our campaign.

“Volunteering can take many forms, for example a local business volunteering a team member for an hour each week or an individual who can offer time after school or on a weekend.”

There are over 2,300 Code Clubs in the UK. Code Clubs are traditionally established as after school clubs but can also run in non-school settings. They are aimed at youngsters aged 9-11. Code Club provides projects which teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games and animations using Scratch, web development using HTML, CSS and also Python. Code Club is designed to be fun and creative.

Online training is offered to all volunteers, providing them with the right information and the know-how they need to run a successful code club.

Find out more about Code Club at a special event supported by Cognitiv on Wednesday April 29th at The Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield College 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Here schools  interested in setting a Code Club up for the very first time and individuals looking to volunteer their time to help run a code club, can find out more. To book your place visit www.cognitiv.co.uk/events