UEL to launch weekly computer coding club for school children
Workshop for primary schools will be held in the Docklands campus library
A new, weekly computer coding club is set to launch in east London next month thanks to a close collaboration between the University of East London (UEL) and local primary schools.
For the past three years, Gaurav Malik, Senior Lecturer in computing at UEL, has organised an annual ‘Hour of Code’ workshop, inviting around 100 local primary school pupils in Newham onto UEL’s campus for a hands-on masterclass in computing coding.
Mr Gaurav said: “After three successful events, and the ongoing links we’ve made afterwards, it became obvious that these were really popular with the students, and the schools could see the value in them. So, having a well-established, well-supported club seemed them right next step.”
The new coding club will be part of the international ‘Code Club’ scheme, and will run once a week at UEL’s Docklands library, staffed by trained UEL volunteer student coders.
They will teach local youths aged nine to 13 years old how to become coders while having fun and hopefully sparking an interest in computing.
The most recent Hour of Code event took place in December, with 80 students from Gallions Primary School receiving expert coding tuition from UEL academics Dr Julie Wall, Dr Joseph Doyle, Mike Kretsis, and Dr Fahimeh Jafari.
Bisi Imafidon, Extended Schools Manager at Gallions Primary School, said: “It was an amazing experience for pupils and staff and we look forward to coming back again next year. Thank you UEL.”
Mr Malik is also set to launch an ambitious to bring coding clubs to schools and colleges across Thurrock this year after recently winning a £96,000 grant from Make Happen – a group of educational providers, local employers and non-profit organisations.