Code Club provides opportunities for children aged 9 to 13 to develop coding skills through free after-school clubs. They believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. The project supports a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run the free coding clubs.
Learning to code is an important skill for children in our increasingly digital by default society. It’s not only important for would-be developers, it also strengthens problem solving skills and logical thinking, and supports key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology. Code Club wants children to create technology rather than just use it passively and in doing so, the skills acquired by young people will support the future economy.
The aim of the project
Code Club projects are easy to follow, step-by-step guides that help young people to learn to code by creating games, animations and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow young people to build their knowledge incrementally. This means there’s no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert. Code Clubs are run by volunteers who give an hour a week to teach a project.
There are now over 10,000 clubs in over 100 countries, and the club projects have been translated into 28 languages. In the UK alone there is network of almost 6,000 Code Clubs.
Nominet Trust funding in 2014 helped Code Club to recruit and train a network of volunteers across the UK. In 2015 Code Club joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered UK charity. Code Club is a key educational programme for the Foundation, working to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code