Code Club – My 1st Year

It seems a long time ago now, when my colleague, Tom asked me to help him out running a trial coding club at a local York primary school alongside our employer, City of York Council. It was a great success and led me to decide to carry on, this time with the support of codeclub.org.uk

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CodeClub are an amazing organisation who are dedicated to getting programming taught in every primary school in the country; there are over 21,000, so it’s quite a big task!

I decided ( rather selfishly ) to base the club at my children’s school and began in January 2015. Once a week I spent an hour at the school teaching a small class of 10-11 year olds how to make computer games using Scratch, a visual programming language that makes it easy for people to learn the principles of programming.

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In only a couple of weeks, the children had grasped the basics and already had some amazing games under way. It was great to see how much enthusiasm and creativity they had and I was constantly surprised by their ideas and ways of tackling complex logic problems. I also quickly developed a healthy respect for teachers in general.  Although the club only ran for one hour a week, I was exhausted by the end; I’ve not idea how teachers manage a full day!

Having the opportunity to share my passion for programming and hopefully spark an interest in computer science in some of the children is incredibly satisfying and I would encourage any programmers out there to get involved.

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