Teaching children their way round a PC in IT lessons has been a necessity in the national curriculum for a while, but now, there is a new wave of computing being introduced to the youth of today. I present to you, Code Club, an after-school club with a digital edge.
I first came across the not-for-profit organisation in conversation with our very own Tom Parson who happened to mention he had enquired about volunteering to teach at Code Clubs local to our office. Admittedly I was sceptical at first, but after researching more about the project and seeing how well it has taken off, I have been pleasantly surprised.
Code Club was founded in April 2012 and since then, it has built up a substantial network of volunteer programmers nationwide. Putting a different spin on the public concern that children spend too much time in front of screens, the Code Club ethos is rooted in fulfilling potential. Encouraging school children to learn how the technology they are surrounded by works, as well as using programming to improve problem solving across others topics studied daily in school, such as science and maths.
Giving the term ‘junior developer’ a new meaning, Code Club makes the future of the digital industry seem even brighter.