Code Clubs

This page is an update of a previous post

What is Code Club? 

Code Club is a fun, friendly way to learn to code with other young people.

We will follow the projects provided by Code Club UK.

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Code Club logo

Code Club UK is a charity that supports a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs. Volunteers run after-school clubs helping young people to learn coding. Code Club UK has a lot of resources on their website, www.codeclub.org.uk , including projects based on coding in Scratch, HTML/CSS, Python and Sonic Pi. Open to everyone. You don’t need any special equipment, just a pc, or laptop.

 

What is coding? 

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Coding powers our digital world. It involves typing in step-by-step commands, in the computer’s own language, for the computer to follow, telling it what you want it to do. Insert ‘smartphone’, ‘microwave’, ‘website’, ‘calculator’ or any of the many gadgets of today in place of ‘computer’.

“Once you know how to code, you can create virtual worlds within the computer where the only limit on what is possible is your imagination. We want to put this power into the hands and hearts of every child in Britain.” Dan Crow www.theguardian.com

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Why?

“The Internet isn’t just for cat pictures anymore, it is the backbone of how we interact with our World.” Don Burks www.cbc.ca

 

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Person at a computer and reading a book

We have a lot of books on learning to Code, come along to your local library to see the collection!

 

 

How will Swindon Libraries benefit?

Libraries often have a poor image among young people, Code Clubs are a start to change that image. Libraries across the nation have been benefitting from hosting Code Clubs by getting their young people more involved, promoting library services through supporting their young people. Swindon Libraries have a mission to support literacy in the community, offering Code Clubs is just one part of meeting that objective.

We also have a lot of books on learning to Code, come along to your local library to see the collection!

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Young people on computer and tablet

How will young people benefit?

Learning to code is a valuable life skill for the future. We all understand the importance of reading for young and old alike, the platform of that reading will change significantly in the future and we need our young people to be an active part of that.

“In the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today.” Dan Crow www.theguardian.com

“Quite literally, you have the ability to make the world a better place and solve problems for others. What could be better than that?” Don Burks www.cbc.ca

Further Reading  

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Book shelves

The following is an article on the International Business Times website, highlighting the importance of coding and that coding will become part of the new curriculum from September 2017 for primary and secondary schools in the UK:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/coding-classroom-what-coding-why-it-so-important-1463157

The Guardian published an article on their website entitled ‘Why Every Child Should Learn to Code’. This article highlights coding and why it’s important:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/07/year-of-code-dan-crow-songkick

An article on the CBC website entitled ‘5 Reasons Why Coding is a Skill You Should Learn in 2017’, it highlights 5 good reasons for learning to code:

http://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/5-reasons-why-coding-is-a-skill-you-should-learn-in-2017-1.3987041

Links

In the UK there are some awesome organisations who have been working to help make coding exciting and accessible across the country, some of them are listed here:

BCS                                        www.bcs.org

“BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.”

Codecademy                     www.codecademy.com

“Codecademy is an online freemium interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.”

Code Club                           www.codeclub.org.uk

“Code Club was founded in 2012, and in 2015 joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered UK charity. Code Club is a key educational programme for the Foundation, working to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code.

At Code Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from.

This is why we support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs where young people aged 9-13 build and share their ideas, learning along the way.”

CODE KINGDOMS                            www.codekingdoms.com

“Who are Code Kingdoms? Code Kingdoms was built for kids, with kids, by (big) kids.
We engage the next generation with computing. It’s already a huge part of the working world, but for kids it will be vital for their future careers.”

CODERDOJO                                       www.coderdojo.com

“The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
To that end, we’ve built a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.”

CODE.ORG UK                                  uk.code.org

DECODED                                          decoded.co/uk

FREEFORMERS                                freeformers.com

FOUNDERS FOR SCHOOLS            founders4schools.org.uk

GoON UK                                           go-on.co.uk

KANO                                                 kano.me

RASPBERRY PI                                  raspberrypi.org

YOUNG REWIRED STATE               youngrewiredstate.org

 

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