Clare Sutcliffe on teaching kids to code

This article first appeared in issue 244 of .net magazine - the world's best selling magazing for web designers and developers.

.net: What’s Code Club’s story? What inspired you to start it?
CS: Code Club started out as an idea in April 2012. Linda Sandvik and I were in the process of planning a ‘useful hack day’ when we accidentally invented Code Club. We were inspired to start it when we realised that children weren’t being taught programming at school. We decided that sending programmers into school to teach what they know was a pretty simple idea and gathered a team of writers to write projects that we could give our volunteers. The idea was instantly very popular and we launched with 120 clubs in September. About 100 new clubs are born each month and we’ve just reached 800!

.net: How did you catch the coding bug?
CS: I’m not actually a programmer but Linda is, and she does some fantastic work. She’s currently in Oslo installing arduinos into public bins to make them talk when you put rubbish in them.

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