Since we launched our Hampshire Library Code Clubs, we’ve had 9-11 year olds queuing up to join us but, with children as young as 5 now learning coding skills at school, why’s it so popular? Do you really need to learn how to code? Well at Hampshire Libraries, we believe coding skills are really important, and here are a few reasons why…
Let’s start at the beginning, what is coding?
Code is a language that computer programs, websites and apps are written in. It’s a bit like all the different languages we speak all over the world because there a loads of programming languages too. So think of it this way, if people never learnt to code, you wouldn’t be online shopping, using your Facebook app, or borrowing eBooks from the library! Writing code tells the program what to do, and that’s what our Code Clubs work on.
Why is it important?
Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. Those who code for a living are shaping the digital future, and the government has predicted that even those with jobs not directly related to computer programming, such as baking, will need to understand how coding works. As well as the practical coding skills, you can improve your logic and problem solving skills at the same time.
As more and more jobs open up in the tech industry, learning coding skills will open up employment opportunities. According to the government’s National Career Service, starting salaries for computer programmers in the games industry start at around £25,000, rising to between £30,000 and £50,000 with more experience and responsibility.
Of course, it’s not all about the money. Learning to code is fun too! At our clubs, in association with Code Club South East, students take part in a 3 term programme lead by volunteers . The projects Code Club make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites of their own! Read about our first ever Code Club session here.
We need you!
We need volunteers to help us run our Code Clubs so we can give this opportunity to as many children in Hampshire as possible. You don’t need to know how to code already, but you need to be interested in learning and be confident using a computer and enthusiastic about helping children to learn to code. Volunteers will receive online training which covers all you need to know, such as programming concepts, practicalities and safeguarding children. You will also be supported by a dedicated member of staff who will work with you to host the club.
Convinced? Of course you are!
If you know someone between 9 and 11 who would like to come to one of our Code Clubs, or if you think you could help us as a volunteer, head to www.codeclub.org.uk.