Code Club is now available for 12 and 13 years olds
Code Club is a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs to inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making. The network provides club leaders with everything they need to run engaging and fun sessions.
Since its launch in the UK in 2012, Code Club has supported over 6,000 clubs held in schools, libraries, and community centres. Typically, clubs run once per week for an hour as after-school activities, but some take place later in the evening or on the weekend.
So far Code Club has reached approximately 85,000 children across the country, of which 32,000 are girls.
When it started, clubs were aimed at 9 to 11 year olds. From September 2017 onwards it is expanding to cover 12 and 13 years olds. This was in response to demand from hundreds of secondary schools which are already running Code Clubs.
In response to feedback they received from a pilot project, Code Club released Sonic Pi projects in July, an open-source programming environment that can be used on any computer to make music using code, and to introduce programming concepts. In September it will also release new Scratch projects aimed at more experienced students.
Natalie Stewart, Subject Leader for Computing and ICT and STEM Coordinator at Hadley Learning Community, described her students as:
“more than excited at the prospect of more challenging projects."
Many STEM Ambassadors are currently running Code Clubs across the UK. If you are interested in volunteering, you can register on their website to access the full range of resources, benefits, and support.