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Learning to code with Mundella

Monday, February 10, 2014

Local MP Meg Munn recently returned to her old school, Mundella, to take part in a Code Club road show with Y6 students.

Code Club, supported by Google, is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. As computer science and digital skills become more important across all industries, Code Club aims at inspiring the next generation of digital makers.

During the session, Laura from Code Club taught the children (and their MP) how to programme their own computer game based on the classic ‘Whack-a-Mole’ game. After a short introduction from Laura, the young coders were left to have a go themselves, with Laura encouraging them to be as creative and imaginative as possible. Meg enjoyed designing her own game ‘Whack-an-alien on the moon’ almost as much as the kids!

The children were encouraged to work together in order to trouble shoot any problems before asking for help. This was encouraged to replicate the work done in Google’s development teams and so the children could see the sort of obstacles they may have to overcome in the real coding world.

Meg said:

“Code club is a fantastic way for children to learn computing and coding skills in a fun environment.  As technology plays an ever expanding role these skills are essential for young people, and will help open up opportunities throughout their lives.”

Further information: https://www.codeclub.org.uk/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Code Club coordinator Laura Kirsop and Mundella student Jasmine

Meg with Code Club coordinator Laura Kirsop and Mundella student Jasmine


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