Code clubs are becoming increasingly popular across Scotland
Children in South Ayrshire are being given the chance to get involved in the area's very first Code Club as the search begins for the next generation of computer experts. The Council's introducing a new way of learning basic digital skills, with a six-week pilot kicking off in the CyberCentre, Carnegie Library, Ayr.
Public libraries up and down the country are now hosting regular Code Clubs where children learn how to create digital games, programming, build animations and even develop websites. Aimed at 9-11-year-olds, activities are group based, where participants will also have the chance to boost their self-esteem and develop people skills – improving their future employability.
The pioneering Code Clubs were made possible through the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) which trained more than 140 librarians across Scotland in basic coding skills. SLIC worked in partnership with the UK-wide charity Code Club to deliver the digital training during the first few months of 2017.
Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said he was sure the club would prove popular, "This type of activity is a great example of this Council's commitment to focus on helping children to grow, working in partnership and developing experiences that are both exciting and useful.
"It also makes the most of existing facilities by hosting innovative programmes that are modern and relevant.
"I'm very pleased that we are creating programmes like these that stimulate children's interests, improve their skills and increase their ability to cooperate and create and we will build on this moving forward."
Gillian Daly, Head of Policy and Projects, SLIC said, "Public libraries in Scotland are a place where people can access technology and learn how to use it. Digital technology touches every aspect of our lives and digital literacy is vital to tackle inequality and social exclusion and promote self-improvement.
"Code Clubs are a fun and engaging way for young people to learn new skills. Most young people these days know how to work a smartphone better than any adult, but we still need to equip them with the right skills and knowledge for their future as technology and computing specialisms become embedded into our careers."
Lorna Gibson, Scotland Coordinator, Code Club said, "The benefits of coding are far broader than just developing important digital skills. At a Code Club children are problem solving, collaborating, persevering and creating, all whilst having fun designing games and animations. We want to see a Code Club in every community, so that all children can have the opportunity to make and share their ideas using technology."
Code Club will take place every Friday from 7 July – 11 August, between 2- 3pm at the Cyber Centre, Carnegie Library, Ayr. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please phone 01292 618 492 for more information.