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Sunday Code Club Salford – Term Dates & Twitter A/C

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Term Dates for February/March.

To confirm, the first club will start at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel St) on the 15th February from 2-3pm. We’ll be taking the following week off (22nd), and thereafter we’ll follow term times. I’ve set up a google calendar link for all the spring term events, but currently you’ll need to have a gmail account to access this. I will try and change this in the near future but for now, get in touch (email: codeclub@madlab.org.uk) if you have a gmail account and want access.

The running dates for this term are:

  • 15th February
  • 1st March
  • 8th March
  • 15th March
  • 22nd March
  • 29th March

All sessions are from 2pm to 3pm.

Twitter account

Code Club Salford has a shiny new Twitter A/C, if you tweet say hi to @CodeClubSalford

Monday sessions

Have been cancelled for this term, however keep checking as we will reinstate them later in the year :)

 

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Salford Code Clubs: UPDATE

Friday, January 9th, 2015

From Sunday 15th February, MadLab will be running Code Clubs in Salford, from our new public venue on Chapel Street. The clubs will give Salford children their first introduction to programming, by teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.

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The taught languages will progress through Scratch (a visual, block based programming language), HTML (used everywhere on the web) and Python (a simple to understand, general purpose programming language – it’s used on the Raspberry Pi).

At 2pm on Saturday 24th January 2015, at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel Street), we will be holding a welcome session; to give Salford kids their first introduction to programming and allow parents to ask any questions they might have (and perhaps have a go themselves). If you are interested in attending, please register at bit.ly/1xSabKO.

The success of these clubs largely depends on generous volunteering by programming professionals and hobbyists, without whom the Code Club network could not function. We have brought together volunteers from local companies and organisations including the University of Salford and the BBC at Media City.

If you wish to find out more, please contact codeclub@madlab.org.uk.

Never been to MadLab, Salford before?

Address:

MadLab Salford,
216 Chapel Street,
Salford,
M3 6BY

Want a map? Here you go:

Code Clubs at MadLab

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities!

MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map

or

December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Why are we doing this?

IMG_5089At the moment there are only a handful of Code Clubs in Salford. In comparison, one in five schools in Manchester and London host a club. We want to give as many Salford children as possible the chance to learn to code – but we can’t do this alone!

The scheme needs enthusiastic volunteers who want to share their love of code with the next generation while taking part in a rewarding, worthwhile experience. Which is where you come in!

How does it work?

Code Club is typically attended by around 10 to 15 children and runs for an hour each week.

Each club is led by a teacher from the school and a volunteer from the IT industry. Volunteers are usually developers by trade and can work individually on a club or as part of a team.

Clubs begin with basic coding in Scratch – a really colourful drag-and-drop way to code. There are then options to then move on to HTML and Python further down the line.

Children work through a series of projects to create games, animations and websites, the focus is on making coding fun, the learning then happens on its own.

They get club certificates as they move through the projects, and there are opportunities to enter competitions or try out seasonal activities too.

Children love working through the projects and in a recent survey have rated them as 92% fun!

We need you!

IMG_5085Volunteering to run a Code Club is very rewarding. Here’s what some existing volunteers say about their clubs:

Getting feedback on how much the kids enjoy the club and seeing the creative spark – it’s worth every minute

Teaching at my Code Club is the most rewarding part of my week

I enjoy being part of the solution of teaching computing in schools

Interested?

We’ll help you through the volunteering process with set-up advice, networking opportunities and ongoing support.

We would strongly recommend that if you work with schools and schoolchildren, you join the STEM Ambassador Programme. This is a national programme coordinated by STEMNET, and managed locally through the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), which offers, initial and ongoing training, DBS clearance and insurance (all free of charge). For more details see: http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/

To register your interest email codeclub@madlab.org.uk and visit www.codeclub.org.uk for more information.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map

or

December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Hotdesking available at the new Salford MadLab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re moving into our new Salford Venue next week where we’ll have lots of desk space available for hire. If you’re interested in hot desking with us in our new space, get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk.

We’ll be offering desks at £90pcm on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’d like to visit the space to have a look first, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange a date to show you around.

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P.S We’re counting on you to use your imagination to picture the missing desks we’ll be putting in when we arrive!

 

 

The MadLab 2014 Survey – What we’ve learnt so far!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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The MadLab survey is underway! If you have a spare few minutes, please take it here and help shape our future direction.We’ve had several hundred responses so far. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part.
We thought you might like to hear about some of the early trends that are emerging. Here are some of the highlights:
  • About a third of you are from Manchester, 15% of you live in Stockport and another 15% in Salford, with Bolton, Bury and Trafford all on 10%. We’ve got users from across all areas of the Greater Manchester region – and a strong showing from West Yorkshire, East Cheshire and South Lancashire.
  • 30% of MadLab’s users are women
  • On average, people spend 3-4 hours at MadLab every month
  • 25% of respondents have volunteered or do volunteer. Of the 75% that haven’t, half of you would volunteer 4-5 hours a month, given the right project (this is amazing!)
  • 45% of you have gone on to further learning as a result of coming to MadLab, and over 40% have gone on to share things you’ve learnt at MadLab with other people
  • 15% of you have gone on to get a job or a promotion as a direct result of the formal or informal training you’ve had at MadLab

We’ll keep you updated as more info comes in.

Have a great Friday.

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