Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for kiwi kids.
We create projects for our volunteers to teach at after-school coding clubs around the country. Some are based at primary and intermediate schools, others at public venues such as libraries or community centres. Some IT companies are also choosing to run clubs within their offices to offer students the chance to not only learn to code but see how a working software organisation functions.
The projects we offer teach children to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations, and websites. Our volunteers go to their local club for an hour per week and teach one project per week.
Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imagination to make 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. We are currently developing further resources teaching children to build their own Internet of Things projects.
Our goal is to inspire children to build and share their ideas, learning along the way.
We want children to leave Code Club inspired to pursue other digital “making” activities, whether that’s in their spare time, in school, or as a career.
We want them to gain skills that are useful to them – not only learning to program, but also learning about computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and collaboration. Learning to work in a team to solve real world problems is one of the greatest skills students can leave Code Club with.
Learning to code is an important skill living in a digital age. It’s not just enough for children to know how to use technology. Each child, regardless of their background, should have the chance to explore the endless possibilities technology provides to them. Every student in New Zealand deserves the opportunity to decide for themselves whether a career in IT is something they want to pursue. Through learning to design and code real world solutions, working with others with different skill sets, and interacting with volunteers from the IT industry, students can make future career decisions based on first hand experience.
We want to break the perception that coding is some “exceptional skill” that only few people can master – Code Club is for everyone and we believe every child can benefit from joining our clubs as they will learn so much more than how to “train their computer” to follow their commands. Code Clubs are fun; they give children a sense of accomplishment and encourage “big ideas”.
Code Club Aotearoa is part of the Code Club World network.
Code Club was started in the UK in 2012 and with support from the father of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Google, and microchip maker Arm Holdings, as well as endorsements from the Duke of York. Code Club has now gone global with over 2607 clubs around the world - and more coming on board each week all with the same mission of teaching children to code.