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Thinking of starting a Code Club

Mar 23, 2014 | Code Club

Ive been thinking of doing this for quite some time, I’d even booked on the open event in Manchester last year when my spine went twang and the idea of making any movements that were not an absolute necessity went out of the window.

Code Club is a voluntary initiative started by Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik which aims to teach kids to code using scratch, and in later modules python.

Started in 2012 Code clubs can now be found in over 500 schools, with the goal to get into 25% of all schools by the end of this years, The clubs are run by volunteers like me, who are passionate about tech, and simply want to give something back.

Now in all honesty, I’m a web developer not a programmer, and I had my doubts about my own ability but recently code club released their course material which you can download here so today I decided to have a go with thing3 (aged 8), we worked through the first few exercises with ease, and in addition to him enjoying himself, it gave me the confidence that even without practice I can debug scratch, so time to pull my finger out and start a club.

First step is to find a school, I’m going to contact my old primary as its only a couple of minutes from my office and its where I found my passion for technology, I’ll still never forget being sent home for “hacking” the BBC micro turtle only to be brought back to school because the staff couldn’t figure out what I had done 🙂

So tomorrow I will be making contact with the school and we’ll see what happens from there.

You can find out more about code club at https://www.codeclub.org.uk/

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