Today we are introducing you to Code Club World — a free online platform where young people aged 9 to 13 can learn to make stuff with code.
In Code Club World, young people can:
- Start out by creating their personal robot avatar
- Make music, design a t-shirt, and teach their robot avatar to dance!
- Learn to code on islands with structured activities
- Discover block-based and text-based coding in Scratch and Python
- Earn badges for their progress
- Share their coding creations with family, friends, and the Code Club World community
Learning to code at home with Code Club World: meaningful, fun, flexible
When we spoke to parents and children about learning at home during the pandemic, it became clear to us that they were looking for educational tools that the children can enjoy and master independently, and that are as fun and social as the computer games and other apps the children love.
What’s more, a free tool for learning to code at home is particularly important for young people who are unable to attend coding clubs in person. We believe every child should have access to a high-quality coding and digital making education. And with this in mind, we set out to create Code Club World, an online environment as rich and engaging as a face-to-face extracurricular learning experience, where all young people can learn to code.
The Code Club World activities are mapped to our research-informed Digital Making Framework — a coding and digital making curriculum for non-formal settings. That means when children are in the Code Club World environment, they are learning to code and use digital making to independently create their ideas and address challenges that matter to them.
By providing a structured pathway through the coding activities, a reward system of badges to engage and motivate learners, and a broad range of projects covering different topics, Code Club World supports learners at every stage, while making the activities meaningful, fun, and flexible.
We’ve also designed Code Club World to be mobile-friendly, so if a young person uses a phone or tablet to visit the platform, they can still code cool things they will be proud of.
Created with the community
Since we started developing Code Club World, we have been working with a community of more than 1000 parents, educators, and children who are giving us valuable input to shape the direction of the platform. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from them:
“I’ve not coded before, but found this really fun! … I LOVED making the dance. It was so much fun and made me laugh!”Learner, aged 11
“I love the concept of having islands to explore in making the journey through learning coding, it is fabulous and eye-catching.”Parent
The platform is still in beta status — this means we’d love you to share it with young people in your family, school, or community so they can give their feedback and help make Code Club World even better.
Together, we will ensure every child has an equal opportunity to learn to code and make things that change their world.