Code club took off to a flying start at Lymington Library this month, with 6 eager youngsters attending to join, learn and have fun! The group, aimed at 9-11 year olds, was a fantastic mix of new starters who have never coded before and those who were already taking their skills to the next level.
Our young coder’s first challenge was to program several cartoon characters to deliver an on stage theatre or band performance. Printed instructions were available as a guide, but everyone was allowed to “Play” and add their own style if they wished. The team were encouraged to seek answers and inspiration amongst themselves initially, to get to know each other and to help them develop a variety of problem solving skills. For those who needed a little more help; friendly Library staff and a young volunteer were available to point them in the right direction.
By the end of the hour, all of the children felt relaxed and comfortable with their new coding buddies. They were thrilled with what they had achieved and extremely proud to show off what they had created to their parents, who were equally blown away by their coding skills!
The Club runs every Friday; 4pm – 5pm at Lymington Library and will run for 12 weeks. There are still a few spaces available, but they won’t be there for long, so Sign up now!
Is Lymington too far for you to travel to? Well there are coding clubs starting at Farnborough, Fareham and Winchester this autumn, but watch this space because a Code Club is being rolled out accross Hampshire Libraries in the New Year.
Do you have IT skills or any experience with coding? Are you enthusiastic about supporting and developing children & young people? We need your help as a volunteer to support the clubs at Libraries across Hampshire.
This is a great opportunity to build experience and work with young people. If you would like to find out more, you can contact your local library for details or sign up as a volunteer at www.codeclub.org.uk . All volunteers are DBS checked and receive training and advice on participating in Code Clubs.
This blog post was brought to you by Adrian Rea, Code Club Coordinator at Lymington Library