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Mayfair library established its tech initiative in 2017 with the introduction of the IXL and Coding Club. For 2020 we plan on branching out the coding club’s curriculum by increasing the age range and the number of children per session. Children from Form One (5 years) to Form Six (11 years) will learn how to create websites, games, apps, robots (and much more) using iPads, LEGO, and other programming tools. Visual programming will be used to foster creativity without weighing the children down with the technical and abstract aspects of coding. The main coding environment the children will use to learn is called Scratch Programming. Scratch is a well-researched coding platform used by 50 million kids, educators, and parents worldwide. For children aged 5-7 we will be using Scratch Jr – the same intuitive environment but made for a much younger audience. The club will be led by experienced Mayfair library staff and local volunteers with computing and engineering backgrounds.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Programming for the digital age is not just about technology, it’s also about creativity, teamwork, and empowerment. However, the greatest hurdle is the technology itself. Tablets, laptops, and their accessories are not cheap and rarely free. By providing free programming tools in a communal environment, Mayfair Coding Club will help equip the future generation with the right educational tools to build solid foundations that will benefit them in all walks of life personally and professionally. Coding is rewarding, useful for thinking outside the box, and great for building knowledge and transferable skills that can be applied universally.
Steps to get it done:
The first lesson will start on Wednesday 27th May 2020, from 4pm till 5pm. If you are interested in signing your child up to the coding club, or have any other questions, please contact Elisabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
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