Coding club students show off their work

Published: Thursday 16th March 17

Schoolchildren in Wandsworth have been proving they know their Javascript from their HTML at a showcase of their work created in school computer-coding clubs.

Students and Durrell Bishop try out a robot arm that draws by copying the movement of their arms when they draw on an iPad.

Wandsworth commissioned Blueshift to run the clubs, which aimed to encourage schoolchildren to develop their skills and consider future careers in coding.

The clubs offered around a hundred students the opportunity to work collaboratively while creating their own coding projects that they could develop and keep in a portfolio.

Schools that took part were Burntwood Academy, Southfields Academy, Bolingbroke Academy, Chestnut Grove Academy, St John Bosco, St Cecilia’s, Ark Academy Putney, Harris Academy, Ernest Bevin College and Graveney Academy.

Pupils were invited to the Wandsworth Civic Suite to showcase their work, including websites, games and apps. They also had the opportunity to listen to advice from coding professionals, including 12-year-old Tanmay Bakshim, the youngest person to ever work on IMB’s Watson artificial intelligence project, former Graveney pupil Durrell Bishop who became a lecturer in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, and Euan Millar who works for a company improving tech infrastructure in the Eastern Congo who talked about how computing and technology can make the world a better place.

Codng club members and facilitators, guest speakers, deputy mayor Cllr Wendy Speck and education spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey

Cyrus, from Harris Academy, said: "I have learned so much throughout this. One day I will become a programmer and create a website which can help children learn maths through chatlines."

See examples of the students' work at www.blueshiftcoding.com/category/student-work.

Wandsworth Council’s employment and skills spokesperson Cllr Kim Caddy said:

“The quality of the work created in these clubs is astonishing, and I’m confident these young people have a bright future ahead of them. Congratulations to all the students who took part in the coding clubs and made them such a success.

“As new technologies develop and employers look for people with skills to match, we will do our best in Wandsworth to adapt and train our students to make the most of the opportunities on offer.”

The coding clubs were part of a package of business support for the tech sector, which also includes developing a network of digital firms, providing skills masterclasses and research into the supply and demand for appropriate, affordable workspace.

Find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/yourbusinessyourgrowth.

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Recent comments

Best thing all these youngsters could do is train to become a plummer. Was recently charged by the on sight plummer employed by our managing agents - £100 for 15 minutes work and a £3 part which he bought at the plummer's shop over the road by Wandsworth Railway Bridge - and his assistant son sends his children to private school - the youngsters will be squids in.
Liz D

17 March 2017