Just last week, some of business incubator SETsquared‘s top tech startups demoed their real-world innovative exploits at the Engine Shed to Bristol school children – inspiring the South West’s next generation of coders.
“Visiting Engine Shed is an amazing opportunity for our Code Club pupils to see where their interest in tech and coding can take them”
The group of children aged 9-11 came from West Town Lane Academy‘s Code Club and were welcomed to the Engine Shed with a grand tour, meeting people from companies like Opposable Games‘ Ground Shatter and YellowDog, Interactive Scientific and Aptcore along the way.
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Matthew Cave, Assistant Head at West Town Lane Academy in Brislington, who has been running a Code Club at the school for almost two years tells us: “Visiting Engine Shed is an amazing opportunity for our Code Club pupils to see where their interest in tech and coding can take them.”
Coders paradise: Code Club members meet SETsquared members in Bristol’s Engine Shed
Matthew explains: “Having the opportunity to speak to people at the forefront of new technology opens their eyes to possibilities and puts their learning in context.”
“At school we’re preparing children for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet”
“At school we’re preparing children for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet,” he adds, “and this experience gives them a sense of what is cutting edge at the moment, and hopefully will inspire them into being our future entrepreneurs.”
Volunteer at Code Club
Whether a child’s interest is in games or science, art or design, Code Club is an organisation that relies on the dedication of volunteers to teach all young children aged 9-11 the skills and confidence to take on their own coding and programming projects using programmes such as SCRATCH, HTML and PYTHON.
With 25 clubs in Bristol, Code Club is growing – and Bristol City Council have high-hopes to introduce a Code Club into every single primary school in Bristol in the next three years, but to do this they need more volunteers!
“Volunteering at a Code Club is a great opportunity to help inspire a new generation”
Anyone who’s confident with computers and can give up just 1-hour a week during school term-time can volunteer. And with loads of fun resources and step-by-step instructions to build games, animations and websites provided by Code Club – it’s made really easy.
Dominic Murphy, Chief Service officer for the Cities of Service initiative – which works to encourage more local people to volunteer, explains: “Volunteering at a Code Club is a great opportunity to help inspire a new generation. Volunteers will meet new people and also learn alongside the children as they build games, animations and websites.”
“As well as teaching children how to programme computers, children will learn systematic thinking, problem solving, planning, design and collaboration. We want children to leave Code Club inspired to pursue other digital making activities. Who knows, we might even find the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg here in Bristol.”
To find out more about becoming a Code Club volunteer, or want to find the nearest Code Club for your child, head to the Code Club website. You can also stay up-to-date with Code Club on Twitter: @CodeClubSW and @CodeClub.