Finalist category: Digital Skills Award
Digital Skills Award, Winner, 2013
Code Club organises after-school clubs for 9-11 years, with over 1,946 clubs in the UK teaching kids the forgotten art of computer programming. Code Club HQ provides a full set of learning materials and recruits volunteers to deliver them through after school clubs. Volunteers go to their local primary school for an hour a week and teach one project a week.
The projects teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites, built around a free open source programme called Scratch. The focus is on creative, fun activities that help develop core programming skills, as well as offering courses outside schools the Code Club model is now going global with Code Club World, with over 1,900 clubs on every continent except Antarctica.
From April 2014, in partnership with CAS and with the support of Google, Code Club will deliver CPD training for teachers of the new computing curriculum.