North Nottinghamshire College are to pioneer a google-backed scheme to teach children how to program computers to make games, apps and webpages across primary schools in Bassetlaw.
On November 7 2013, Ramsden Primary School in Carlton-in-Lindrick will be the first primary in Bassetlaw to introduce a Code Club – a volunteer-led afterschool computer programming club for children aged 9-11.
Nottinghamshire Council Leader Alan Rhodes and District & County Councillor for Retford Ian Campbell will be in attendance to see how North Nottinghamshire College are pioneering a partnership with Code Code to give children in Bassetlaw an early opportunity to develop the creativity and skills necessary to succeed at school and in the future creative and digital jobs market.
Using the visual programming tool Scratch, children will get to grips with creating their own games, interactive stories and animations under the expert tutelage of computing students and volunteers from the college.
Leanne Brunt, Programme Manager at North Notts College said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our dedicated and enthusiastic learners to help local primary children. With a new computing curriculum coming next year, we have a chance to embed the fundamentals of computer science in schools and help inspire children towards a life-long passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) subjects.”
Following the success of a similar model by Camden Council earlier this year, North Notts College’s team of student volunteers will offer to run the after-school coding clubs at any primary school that requests it. With funding support from the council, it is hoped that the scheme will be well subscribed, and that local libraries and youth centres may also be interested in getting involved and hosting clubs of their own.
Laura Kirsop, Code Club’s Growth Captain commented “It’s fantastic that North Notts College, Ramsden Primary School and Nottinghamshire Council are working so hard to introduce Code Clubs into primary schools in Bassetlaw. We have an aim of getting clubs into 25% of primary schools in the UK by 2015 and pro-active individuals in different areas of the UK are vital to us achieving this. As well as being fun and creative, Code Clubs are a great way for children to learn skills that will become increasingly important in the coming years as our economy becomes more digitally focussed.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leanne Brunt, Programme Manager, North Nottinghamshire College
T: 01909 504549 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Ashley, Head Teacher, Ramsden Primary School
T: 01909 730408 E: email@example.com
Laura Kirby, Growth Captain, Code Club