THE CODE ZONE
Coders, Creators, Future Makers.

The Code Zone is about encouraging children to explore code; a creative medium to pursue their interests and discover a new world of possibilities.

Children can make animations, games, dancing robots and flying drones!

All in their time and at their pace. The Code Zone raises computing confidence, problem-solving skills, and independence in one fun and engaging club. Everyone is welcome.

 



Ages 6-8

Learn the basics of coding, get introduced to computer use!


Ages 8-11
Learn the basics or continue your development with harder challenges.



Discovery club for ALL AGES and PARENTS!  

A chance to play with different equipment and try something new.


Ages 11-17

Learn the basics, challenge yourself, or become the next Mark Zuckerberg!

There's a gap in education

While the government is beginning to recognise the importance of computational thinking, coding is still an optional part of the curriculum at primary school with many children never getting the chance to experience this new form of expression. By the time a child reaches secondary school age, their interests have already started to form. Sparking an interest in coding and technology has never been more relevant to their futures, but 2019 reports show the amount of computing education young people receive at secondary school is actually in "steep decline", as schools struggle to make the new material understandable or relatable.

Code should not be available just to the geeks or the maths boffins, as cool as we think they are, coding is a tool that every child can use to further and enhance all areas of life.

Coding can play a role in English, Maths, Science, the Creative Arts, Technology and more.

 

It's not just about syntax and code

Being able to write commands, telling your computer what to do, is one thing... but the skills you learn from being able to code will stay with you for life: 

  • Critical Thinking
  • Persistence
  • Problem-solving
  • Maths and logic
  • Communication
  • Processing skills
  • Independence
  • Determination
  • Creativity
  • Courage to try new things

These soft skills become a key part of growth; everything naturally picked up through coding can help children make decisions, open up career opportunities, and build resilience.

Overcoming gender and diversity barriers

The tech industry is struggling with decades-long ethnic, economic and gender diversity problems, with men holding the majority of technical roles.  Products and services can and do suffer when half of our society is not being involved in their development, or shown their potential to solve problems.  Girls are not exposed to technical exploration in their formative years and efforts to make computing appealing to them are rarely made as they continue to grow. With so many more male figureheads, inevitably, boys are more likely to get involved in coding and, at school, it becomes a "boy thing".

If you ask our girls, coding is just another challenging but immensely rewarding activity where they can try things out, express themselves, and produce cool new things inspired by everything that is important and interesting to them. The Code Zone is a comfortable and encouraging space where we can share our differences and celebrate ourselves as individuals full of potential and fun ideas.

The Code Zone is formed

Paul & Ashley built The Code Zone after setting up a club locally and realising that the coding skills gap in the UK is much bigger than originally anticipated. 

The Code Zone is not about teaching individual lines of code and hoping they'll be useful.  The Code Zone is here to instil the potential of code and kindle a love of creating with it. Using age-appropriate tools like Scratch, codable robots and discovery drones to, create engaging experiences that provide context for a topic that is often hard to get in to.

There is no "Hmm, but what should I do?" here!  We support you through every part of your coding journey.

The Code Zone Team

The Code Zone was started in 2019 by Paul and Ashley in Essex.  The team has grown since to support clubs all around the country.

Paul Allington

Freelance software developer for 15 years, a degree in "Computing For Artificial Intelligence", "The Code Guy" is the Technical Director and founder of The Code Zone.  Starting with small clubs in his son's school, he realised more needed to be done and set about to take code out into the community in a big way.

 

Ashley Payne

Business owner, programmer and an advocate for child-led and consent-based education.  Ashley is keen to encourage children to find their passions through engagement and enablement.

 

Holly Grant

Content Executive for The Code Zone. Holly caught the club bug helping run arts workshops as a teenager. She began to create similar experiences, during her computing degree, designed to guide more girls and disadvantaged young people on their first forays into code. Before joining The Code Zone Holly worked as a video games programmer, web app developer and science club leader; she is delighted to find a home for all that experience with us. Holly hopes your children will feel equally at home in her Middlesbrough club and would encourage every child to come along and give it a try.

Ready to book your child on to a code zone and start nurturing a love for technology?

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