Tawa goes code crazy and others may follow
Tawa could soon become the coding club capital of New Zealand, if volunteer Merridy Marshall has anything to do with it.
Coding Club Aotearoa is a nationwide network of free after-school clubs for children in years 5 to 8, run by volunteers.
Greenacres School in Tawa has hosted the only coding club in the area for a year and Marshall said the response had been so positive she hoped to help open many more in the coming months.
‘‘Greenacres is the starting point and it’s held up as the example,’’ she said.
‘‘They have given a lot of support to Code Club.’’
Coding is computer programming and Code Club teaches coding at a more basic level.
Other schools were keen to follow in their footsteps, she said.
‘‘One idea at a time, but once we have a hub of volunteers in this area it’d be great.
‘‘I predict by term 3 you could write about how Tawa has taken it by the horns and is now doing inter-school code clubs.’’
Coding was an important skill because it helped children be digitally aware in an increasingly technological world, she said.
The children also learnt lessons that were transferable into everyday life, such as confidence and problem solving.
Greenacres pupil Matthew Beveridge, 9, said he enjoyed coding in code club and at home.
‘‘You get to make games and you can make anything with your imagination,’’ he said.
Isabella Godfrey, 9, said she wanted to pass on what she learnt.
‘‘I wanted to learn how to code so I might be able to do it at home and teach my family,’’ she said.
There are 19 coding clubs in the Wellington region.
The Greenacres code club runs from 6pm until 7pm Tuesday.
Code club meetings will take place at Lower Hutt Memorial Library, April 14, 5.45pm until 7.15pm and at Level 7, Todd Building, 95 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, on May 4, 5.45pm until 7.15pm.
They will provide an opportunity to ask questions, look at club resources and find out more about getting involved.