Feeling Appreciated

So as a lot of you who know me know, I have been volunteering at a Code Club on a Thursday evening during term time teaching children 9-11 how to code.

We start with Scratch and then progress to CSS and Python and I’ve just heard that the library have invested in a few of the BBC Micro:bit computers.

I haven’t had chance to play with the Micro:bit yet but obviously this is my chance to learn something new along side the children and help support them in their understanding and knowledge of technology.

This makes volunteering both rewarding, exciting and educational. I do not want to sound like a sales person as sadly there is no affiliation program but helping others does have its own rewards as seen in the picture below.

If there are future Computer Science students out there who want to gain exposure then volunteering would be a brilliant idea and it also gets you involved in the community.

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Since last week I have had the privilege of volunteering on a weekly basis at a Code Club held at Hull Central Library. The Code Club teaches 9 to 11 year old children how to code. It starts with using the MIT software Scratch and then advances to teach CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which is used as a formatting tool for HTML documents and then goes in to JavaScript.

I think its amazing that children from a young age get to learn these skills and I know I certainly wish I had the chance to learn more when I was younger.

I was in conversation with the Code Club on Twitter previously and they asked if I would be interested in volunteering and my reply was “I do not have enough knowledge”. I am now glad I took the next step and questioned my ignorance. The only skills you need is the ability to read. All the documentation is available for you to follow step by step and there is a teacher version as well as a child version.

I would highly recommend becoming a volunteer and searching the Code Club website to see what clubs are running near you. Not only are you giving to the community but you are also in a position to learn new skills of your own.

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