The Skoobmobile delivers a wide variety of fun activities for children aged 0 – 12 years and their families. We are always looking for new ideas that will keep the children engaged, especially P6 and P7and Code Club fits the bill perfectly. Before taking up my role as Children and Families Mobile Library worker on the Skoobmobile I had absolutely no knowledge of coding whatsoever. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, the apps on your phone, Facebook and this website – they are all made with code.
What is Code Club?
The Skoobmobile is registered with the Code Club which teaches children aged 9-11 years how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Each week a project is provided enabling the student to progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects.
The Code Club projects are guides for children to create animations, games and websites plus much more. Children build up their programming skills as they move through the projects. The challenges provide opportunities to demonstrate and apply what’s been learnt. Each project teaches a different programming concept and builds on the skills learned in previous projects.
Why Should Children Learn to Code?
We are now living in a digital age and learning to code is an important skill. Most children know how to use technology but Code Club teaches how technology works AND how to build it too. Learning to code strengthens problem solving and logical thinking skills inspiring children to create their own ideas.
Coding on the Skoobmobile
We have piloted two 6 week block sessions at Gallowhill since April 2016. We have limited space on the Skoobmobile and can only accommodate 4 children into the club at a time. I can see the potential in expanding the club and it would be great if more parents were interested in learning to code alongside their children.