Leicestershire County Council’s libraries’ first virtual code club has seen more than 25 youngsters create their own animations and games during the pandemic.
The county’s libraries regularly run code clubs, however lockdown restrictions encouraged the activity to go completely digital.
Children, aged between eight and 13 years old, were given a week to complete each self-led session and make their own animations and games, with themes including Rock Band, Boat Race and Lost in Space.
The club enables youngsters to learn about coding and practise their skills using Scratch, a tool that many children now use at school. Resources were emailed weekly to parents and carers to help them to support with the projects.
Nikki Hughes, whose children took part in the four-week-course, said: “I think it’s been a great success. My two 10 year olds thoroughly enjoyed the projects and on completion happily searched for more to do that were more complex once they had gained their confidence.”
Ruth Stewart said that her daughter looked forward to the email every week. She said: “The projects were enjoyable and my daughter who is nine was able to complete them mostly independently and was always excited to share what she had learnt and produced.”
Libraries play a valuable part in learning and it’s reassuring to hear such positive feedback from parents and carers about the virtual code club, especially during a time that schools have been closed.
“I’m very proud of our library service for embracing changes to the way code clubs run, to ensure that young people still had the opportunity to take part and improve their digital skills in a fun and enjoyable way.Person:Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries
The next round of virtual code clubs starts on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 with 30 places available for seven to 13 year olds. Sign up before Friday, 22 May through the event on Leicestershire Libraries Facebook or on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/leicestershire-libraries-8783259428