Deborah says Te Puke Library had seen the great work being done with Code Club at Greerton Library and wanted to hold one in Te Puke, so partnering with Venture Centre made sense.
“We were working out what we’d like to do to suit children in Te Puke when we found out that there had been a session at the beginning of the year [run by Venture Centre], which confirmed for us that this was a good idea. We are very excited to bring this to Te Puke, and have found Venture Centre to be very approachable and helpful as we start setting it up,” she says.
“The holiday programme sessions are a dip in the water to see how many children would be interested in a weekly code club during term time. So many children are familiar with games, animations, and technology as consumers.
“Learning how to start coding lets them become the creator, and opens up a world of possibilities. Coding allows children to start making up their own worlds and games and shows them how their imaginations and skills can create something fun and new. There’s a great sense of achievement. I’ve been having a lot of fun going through some of the projects in preparation for teaching the sessions. I would have loved to have learned these kinds of skills as a child,” Deborah says.
She says the sessions are free, but could only accommodate seven participants in each. “The class will be held in a room away from the bustle of the library (in our Boardroom), so children can focus on the tasks without interruption. It's important that the environment is friendly and fun so that children are learning in a relaxed state,” she says.
“As more children become aware of the classes, then hopefully more classes will become available in Te Puke. We can only cater for a small number at the moment, but we’d love to see coding growing in Te Puke.”
She says the team are expecting all participants to be beginners – with either little or no coding experience. “So they don’t have to worry if they feel like they don’t know much. We will all be learning together!”
Children will focus on a single class during these holidays, where they will code a talking robot. “They will be working out what they want the robot to say, code it, then watch while the robot talks back to them. It’s a lot of fun,” Deborah says.
“Children will also meet other children who enjoy coding, or would like to give it a try, so there’s the social aspect too.”
If you’re desperate for your child to do some coding these holidays, click to book into Codebrite at Basestation this coming Thursday - but hurry, it closes soon!
Or, if you’re in Katikati, there’s a Codebrite Lite session next Monday at Katikati College. Click here to book in!
- Venture Centre works to connect people on enterprising journeys - with each other and the mindset, skillset, toolsets, networks and resources they need - to build an ecosystem that delivers real-world, learn-by-doing events, activities, projects and experiences, and more... This would not be possible without the support of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils.