A free Code Club designed to inspire young people interested in computer programming will be officially launched at Aldridge Library on Friday 4 March.
Run by Library staff and volunteers with computing backgrounds it has been established to help children aged 9-11years old learn to code weekly between 4 – 5 pm on Friday’s.
Starting from scratch
Step-by-step projects help young people to develop programming language skills like Scratch which are then used to create computer games, animations and websites.
Developed as a nationwide network of volunteer-led free Code Clubs, the aim of the initiative is to build up coding skills so that the young people can learn new ways to analyse and solve problems. Creative approaches to thinking around problems in turn enhance vocational skills that can be used in other areas of life in later learning.
With more than 41,000 children learning to code in thousands of clubs throughout the UK it is hoped that this first club for Walsall Libraries will pave the way for more to be established throughout the borough.
If you would like to become a code club volunteer then visit the following site for more information: www.codeclub.org.uk
Walsall Libraries have just launched their new programme of computer taster courses for the whole academic year starting from September 2015 – July 2016.
There are now an extensive range of courses available from lots of individual teaching slots where you can seek help on specific things e.g. if you are unsure of how to create an email, how to buy and sell online, to more structured sessions on Ebay, Family History, CV help and Work Clubs.
In partnership with Walsall College, some of the libraries will be running 3 week basic taster courses and also a brand new 3 week course covering social media, and using comparison websites.
Helena Denham Information and Learning Co-ordinator said “Walsall Libraries love to offer new learning opportunities for our customers. Libraries are a great place to learn in an informal, relaxing and friendly environment.”
A new computer self help group aimed at the fifty plus age group started on Thursday 7th June at the Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich.
The group forms part of the Stan Ball Centre Young at Heart Project 50 + Friendship Circle which started on the 23rd May and offers a variety of friendship opportunities throughout the week, such as breakfast meetings, hosted lunches, dancing lessons and Tai Chi.
Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said:
“The idea of the self help computer club is that everyone knows just a little bit, in fact usually more than they think they do, and by pooling knowledge we will all learn something new or solve problems small or large. We hope the group will also become very social, as that is the aim of all the activities within the Friendship Circle. And if we do get stuck with a question, we’ll find out for the next time”.
The group will run weekly from 5pm to 7pm, and will cover any computer related issue such as computer security, emails, facebook, ebay, and a wide variety of software. There is an entrance fee of £1.50 and participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. Refreshments will be available.
Computer lessons for complete beginners are also available at the centre, along with digital photography and computer maintenance.
More information can be obtained by calling into the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning Karen Smith or Deb Brownlee on 01922 403351.