What can our coding clubs offer you?
We run weekly digital clubs lasting between 60 – 75 minutes for 10 weeks for £500. Each club can accommodate up to 12 individuals and a tutor leads the club with volunteers helping – this offers a great learner:teacher ratio.
What we teach
We run a number of projects during the year using teaching resources supplied by Code Club UK, Google CS, MagPi online and BBC Learning, to name a few. These all relate to the real world and help provide a real understanding of the applicability of the technology.
Sample projects include:
Introduction to the Raspberry Pi
Introduction to programming languages such as Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python
Programming robots with motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles and other technical components
What equipment do you need to host a club?
As an introduction to coding, beginners learn to programme games and animation with an online platform called Scratch. Requirements are one laptop per learner linked to the internet.
The intermediate level requires hardware and software including Raspberry Pis and Micro:bits. The Digital Volunteers can provide the Raspberry Pi’s, Micro:bits and the peripherals. You will need to provide the club with a computer room equipped one monitor, keyboard and mouse per learner.
Who runs the clubs?
The Digital Volunteers provide an expert tutor to coordinate the club and each club typically has one or two digital volunteers helping – the volunteers could be from industry, young volunteer aged 14–23, or parents who are interested in their children learning computational thinking skills. A link teacher within the school is required to act as the contact point between the school and the tutor and is expected to be available during the club session to ensure good discipline is maintained.
How much do the clubs cost?
The Digital Volunteers believes that all pupils with the interest and enthusiasm to take part should have equal access to digital coding clubs. As a result, The Digital Volunteers will not charge the pupils for attending the clubs. All costs associated with running the clubs will be charged to the host organisation at £500 for 10 sessions.
Coding clubs are a great opportunity for undergraduates on computer science courses or young people on apprenticeships, and experienced professionals to volunteer and share their programming skills with Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils (9 – 14 year olds).