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Coding kids

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A pilot library scheme to teach children how to programme computers has proved a sell out success.

Surrey County Council has joined forces with Code Club, the national organisation aiming to give every child in the UK the opportunity to learn code.
A free eight week course at Woking library is teaching youngsters basic computer coding skills to help them better understand and navigate the digital world.

They’ve been learning to use the programming tool Scratch, which was developed at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Scratch was designed as an introduction to coding for beginners using interactive games.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “By learning how to code at a young age, children will open up a host of educational and career opportunities later in life. Technology dominates the modern world, so it is important youngsters learn the language of computers.

“This is also another example of how Surrey County Council’s successful library service is at the cutting edge of the digital library revolution. As well as hosting the Code Club, we run a hugely popular online library, an ebook service, a libraries app and free wi-fi in all our branches.”

Surrey’s Code Club for children aged nine to 11 years old has proven so popular that all the places on the course have been filled.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

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