1st March, 2016

Inspiring digital tech’s next generation

Volunteering plays a big part in BT and I do my bit by running an after-school programming club at our local primary school. The club runs in association with Code Club – a fabulous charity (part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation) that helps to inspire children to become little digital wizards.

It’s an immensely rewarding activity and my absolute weekly highlight during term-time. Using worksheets to create little computer games, the club helps children gain skills that are useful in later life – not only learning to program, but also learning about computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and working in a team.


We recently brought the Code Club fun to BT Expedite’s offices in High Wycombe. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring our kids to work and cause havoc in the boardroom. We designed a project inspired by Tim Peake’s space mission that the kids could run with throughout the day.


We had certificates, Star Wars gifts, welcome posters, badges, an impromptu ping pong competition, and a few too many e-numbers! Our youngest attendee declared it “one of the best days of my life”.


I’d highly recommend the experience and, if you’re interested in running a similar club, I’m more than happy to discuss it. Just drop me a line at [email protected].


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