How did Code Club get started?
Code Club was founded in 2012, by Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik,” We share a belief that it is essential that children are introduced to coding at an early age and shown how much fun it can be.“ To hear more about what inspired the start of Code Club from Co-founder Clare Sutcliffe watch her talk at TEDxBrighton called Hacking the future.
How can I get involved?
Code Club is community-led, we provide the basic projects and materials. All you need to do is connect with an existing club or start a club and find a Club Host at a school or library offering a venue.
How do I start a Code Club?
- Find a Club Host with a suitable venue with computers and internet
- Book a time once a week to meet for one hour
- Recruit a volunteer mentor willing to learn and teach Scratch, HTML or Python
- Enlist children aged 8 to 12 to attend
I can be the Club Host, as I have a venue but I cannot lead the Code Club every week. What can I do?
If you have a suitable venue to run a club, but don’t feel qualified to teach yourself, then you’ll need to find a suitable volunteer in your local community. Look to parents, students, grandparents, teachers, librarians and community leaders as people you can ask to work with you to launch a Code Club for kids. Consider hosting an information session to explain your willingness to set this initiative. Contact us if you want access to presentations and information sheets to share in your area.
By summertime 2017, we aim to have an online system in place to help volunteer mentors and Club Hosts with venues to match up.
I can teach but I don’t have a place to run a club. What can I do?
If you want to volunteer to run a Code Club, you’ll need to find somewhere suitable to run one. You’ll need to find somewhere with adequate computer facilities with access to the internet to be the Club Host.
Primary and intermediate schools have been highly successful as students can learn with their friends and grow and develop together. Libraries and community centres, too, might be a good place to run one outside of school hours and weekends.
The important thing is to contact the venue directly, and organise to meet a potential Club Host face-to-face. Explain what Code Club is and take along any relevant materials. Then you can propose a regular day and time to set up your club! Then register your club on this website and download the materials from our projects page.
What does a Code Club look like?
Watch a this video for a visit to a Code Club session with tips!
Can I see the materials you teach?
Our projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning there’s also no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.
What software do I need?
Which spoken languages are Code Club projects available in?
Help reach more kids around the globe, by translating projects into your native tongue.
Can I charge for Code Club?
In short – no. Not charging for Code Club is one of our core tenets, and we make all of our materials and resources available for free and our volunteers give their time for free. We do not allow clubs to charge for attendance as it goes again the ethos of the organization.
Are you a charity?
Here in Canada, Code Club Canada works in partnership with Kids Code Jeunesse, which is a nonprofit organization. This means that although we are not a charity, any money that Code Club Canada makes goes straight back into our work and operations.
Are there legal requirements to setting up a Code Club?
In Canada any adult who wishes to work with children using Code Club Canada material should have a background criminal record check conducted. You can have a free police check done at your local police station. Or you can pay the reduced fee for nonprofits of 35$ by following this link: sterlingbackcheck.ca/kids-code-jeunesse We recommend the Enhanced Police Check.
At the venue, the Club Host may also need to have insurance, depending on the site and whether there are any teachers supervising etc.
Please review the Terms and Conditions closely, to best understand your obligations to Kids Code Jeunesse in becoming a Code Club volunteer or Club Host in a venue with Code Club Canada.
Can my company sponsor Code Club Canada?
Absolutely! If you are a company interested in sponsoring us, please email us
I’m from the press, can I talk to someone at Code Club Canada?
Of course! Please drop us an email to say hello.
Where is the Code Club Canada main office?
We are a small team currently based in Montreal at the Kids Code Jeunesse head office. We are part of the Code Club World network based in the UK. We are busy establishing regional leaders in all the major centers. Our network of wonderful volunteers are based all over the country! If you have the time and energy to become a Regional Coordinator, let us know by email
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