On the 13th February 2015 we helped launch the new Code Club at our Blakelaw Learning Hub.
S4A have been running Code Club at Kids Kabin in Walker and with the WEYDA group, and are keen to expand coding to all areas where we work.
Sponsored by Samsung, Code Club opened their newest coding hub in Newcastle, following successful openings in London and Manchester last year. The launch of the Code Club at Blakelaw Neighbourhood Centre will give local school children access to the necessary facilities and resources to enjoy creative lessons on coding. Chi Onwurah MP was there to mark the opening and see the first session in action.
S4A’s Blakelaw Learing Hub runs every Monday and Thursday after-school, we invited the children and young people who attend to come along to try out the 10 new Samsung laptops that they have donated for the Code Club to run.
Laura Kirsop, Managing Director of Code Club, said, “Newcastle was the perfect city for our third coding Hub with its thriving technology sector. Samsung and Code Club share the aims and values of S4A. Laura said ‘We chose the Blakelaw Neighbourhood Centre because the aim of both Code Club and Samsung is to provide young people from all backgrounds with the chance to learn programming skills. We’re in a digital era where coding is not only an enjoyable hobby but a skill that is quickly becoming a necessary requisite for many technology careers. The chance to learn this skill should be open to all and we are well on our way to achieving this reality with two more coding hubs planned to open this year”.
Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK, said: “Samsung is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people across the UK through access to technology and skills development. We are extremely proud to be opening the third coding hub with Code Club in Newcastle today to give all young people in the local area the opportunity to learn and enjoy coding. As well as being a key skill for the growing number of technology careers, these sessions will also strengthen problem solving skills, logical thinking and support key STEM education”.
We hope to start the new code club in the beginning of March. Code Club are hosting the first step towards this today, a training session for new potential volunteers!