IT Code Champions
Eight vocational IT students from Richard Huish College recently completed their training to become ‘Code Champions’ for Generation Code, a Microsoft project in collaboration with UK Youth and In The Mix Youth Project.
The training took place in Devizes involving students to take part in a range of themed activities including virtual reality, BBC micro:bit coding, programmable drones, and music programming. Having completed the training, the students are now qualified to a lead session to encourage young people to try out programming.
Developing new skills and sparking an interest in coding, Generation Code allows young people to get creative, build their computational thinking and coding skills to become better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities in a world that is becoming digital-by-default.
In partnership with Microsoft and UK Youth, Generation Code addresses the lack of skills in computer science in young people, empowering them to become digital creators in an ever-changing global society. The national programme trains Code Champions aged 16-25 years old with no coding experience to take the lead on delivering regular coding activities to young people in their area, sparking an interest in code through themed tasks that are relevant to their interests, whether that be fashion, sport or space.
Course Manager for Information Technology, Rachel Connor, said, “This is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate their coding skills to young people and help stimulate interest in a hugely developing and growing industry. The most successful Code Champions, i.e. those who engage in the most training, will be invited to Microsoft, London in March for a hackathon event and awards ceremony and it would be excellent to see some of our students there”.