Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Volunteers needed: 15,000 children to become next technology leaders




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What is Code Club?

Code Club, an initiative which aims to give primary school children a foundation in programming, has announced a new drive to help the UK maintain its position as a global technology leader.

“I enjoy Code Club, it's better than an ICT lesson because instead of using Word and Powerpoint we make games and animations. We have made loads of games so far and I hope the levels go on forever as it is really, really FUN!" said Effie, Code Club member at Soho Parish School.


What they plan to achieve

Code Club aims to raise public awareness of the need to enthuse, excite and educate children to become the technologists of the future and encourage the development of skills in Computer Programming and STEM subjects from an early age.

Volunteer and teach

Code Club needs volunteers just like you to teach children after school and help drive the next generation of technology leaders. 

For more information on Code club and how you can volunteer, visit: http://www.codeclub.org.uk/



Code Club set to grow

They recently announced a new drive to help the UK maintain its position as a global technology leader with the appointment of The Duke of York as Patron and the announcement of the organisation’s first corporate sponsorship from ARM. 

As Patron of Code Club, His Royal Highness will  play an important role in raising public awareness of the need to enthuse, excite and educate children to become the technologists of the future.

With ARM’s support, Code Club expects to increase the number of after school clubs across the UK to 1000, which will give 9,000 children in the UK the opportunity to benefit from Code Club’s programme.

“ARM have recognised that the lack of UK developers is an industry-wide problem and have stepped in to make a difference to a scheme that could really address this problem and deliver a steady stream of talent in the future.” said Code Club founder, Clare Sutcliffe.

“The UK is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, creating technology that lies at the heart of familiar and iconic digital products. For the UK to continue to be a world leader in this area, we must inspire and educate the next generation, not only about the use of technology but also about how technology actually works,” said Stephen Pattison, vice president, Public Affairs, ARM. “Code Club has an imaginative and fun approach to engaging young people in learning programming skills which are essential in a digital world. ARM fully supports Code Club in its mission of teaching the next generation to code.”

Code Club currently supports 500 UK primary schools based on awards and private donations. The support by HRH Duke of York and ARM will make a significant contribution to the goal of establishing Code Clubs in 5,000 (25%) primary schools across the UK by the end of 2015, more is needed and Code Club welcomes additional industry support and volunteers.




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