Code Clubs for schools

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A project to encourage children to start writing code and developing their own software could be rolled out across Cornwall.

Paul Massey
Paul Massey: “Initiative”

The scheme has been set up by the Cornwall College Group and Software Cornwall and could see Code Clubs available in every primary and secondary school in the county.

The Government has made changes to the school curriculum, with the addition of a computer programming element; this project will develop this initiative further to show children how rewarding and fun a career in the software industry can be.

Code Clubs will run after-school with children able to follow a programme of lessons that teach them the fundamentals of software development, progressing from simple games to complex software that can control devices such as robots.

Paul Massey, director of Bluefruit Software based in Redruth and from Software Cornwall, said: “We have started a number of initiatives to cover all stages of education and work, from primary school children to hobbyists wanting to use their talents to earn a living.

“It’s a really exciting time to be involved in the software industry in Cornwall.  The code club project will enthuse the next generation.”

Software Cornwall is a group of businesses in Cornwall that work in the software industry.The group formed around a shared interest to promote software development as a career in the county, seeking to retain the talent that is here and attract new talent.