Anybody that knows me will know I am involved in many areas of technology and education, be it on various boards or as ambassador and advisor to companies and charity’s in these areas.
Back in 2014 after getting to meet and talk to various people about Code Club – I decided it was time to bring a louder voice to the East Midlands with Code Club. As one of the few clubs that would be run by a business owner I knew I could give my Code Club a different direction than most. After numerous discussions with various venues – Derby City Council had the Central Library on offer to host Derby Code Club.
Roll on some two years or so later and after being a very vocal advocate of Code Club, training others, growing the club locally and ensuring that as many youngsters got into coding as I could – my club was awarded the Star Code Club status, the only club in the East Midlands at this time to have the star club status. Not only that but I was named the East Midlands Code Club Champion.
Working alongside Derby council and the Derby central library to teach children aged 9 – 11 to write code, produce games, animations and projects using the MIT project Scratch is nothing short of fun, inspiring and entertaining for all involved. Following on from a very successful 2014 & 2015, the Derby CodeClub run every Saturday morning in Derby central library has been a great opportunity for young children with a passion for computers and learning how they work to come along and spend the morning creating games, using their imagination and figuring out how to piece blocks of code together to create truly unique pieces of work.
In an article last year for the Derby Telegraph Alison Martin, the city council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “It is very important that our children acquire good computer skills as early as possible. Our code clubs will engage children in fun digital activity outside of school, and so contribute towards their overall learning.”
The official Code Club web site offers up the best description of their mission:
“Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
We create projects for our volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects we make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Our volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week.
Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Terms 1 & 2 use Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Term 3 teaches the basics of web development using HTML and CSS. Term 4 teaches Python and so on.”
With an ever growing waiting list of children wanting to attend Derbys local CodeClub, its important that more people get involved with the local community to help develop the skill sets and interests of young children with a passion for IT being the Derby truly is the city of innovation.
You can find more information and request updates on Code Club Derby by following this link to the official Code Club web site. Also worth reading the 2014 year in review blog post to see how the organisation is growing across the country herbal weight loss supplements.