Pioneering Coding Club sets students up for digital future

17 March 2022

Middlesbrough College has set up a brand-new free Coding Club for secondary school students across the Tees Valley.  

Teesside’s tech scene is thriving, and the region has become a hotbed for digital innovation. Middlesbrough College’s new cutting-edge Coding Club aims to bridge the knowledge gap and inspire students to take up a career in Teesside’s expanding digital sector. 

The new ten-week course allows students to advance their coding skills, development knowledge and learn how to create professional industry websites. Lessons include learning to programme Raspberry Pi (Python), taking on coding challenges, building PC’s, designing, creating, and deploying code and setting up Oculus.  

Duncan Skilton, programme leader for the Coding Club said: “There has been a digital boom in Teesside and there is a huge demand for technology in the region. So many businesses are in the area and need people with digital skills.  

“The Coding Club is helping to nurture and develop young talent for the future. We have a full class of students all aged between 13-16 years old from different schools across Teesside. Students are able to use the latest innovative technology and expand their knowledge. They are developing their problem solving, teamwork and research skills whilst completing these challenging activities. I’m setting the students similar work to what I would my Level 3 classes, so they are getting a head start on their College studies too!” 

Fifteen-year-old Dean Majid from Egglescliffe School said: “I decided to join the Coding Club as I have applied to study Computing at Middlesbrough College next year. I want to work in the digital sector in the future as there are so many opportunities available.  

“The Coding Club has been a fantastic opportunity; I’ve really enjoyed learning about all the new technology and having the hands-on experience. My favourite activity was building our own PC’s. This task was hard but rewarding. I know the skills that I’m learning here will be built upon further at College and allow me to thrive in my digital career.” 

Year 9 Outwood Academy Normanby student Freyja Griffiths said: “I’ve always been academic and my Careers Advisor at school encouraged me to take part in the Coding Club at Middlesbrough College. I’m so glad that I decided to join as it has been a brilliant opportunity and allowed me to develop my skills for the future.  

“I’ve learnt how to code, grasped the basics of computing, built a PC and set up Oculus! It’s been great to learn these skills and find out more about the importance of technology in the world.  

“I’ve really enjoyed the whole experience and can’t wait to come back to Middlesbrough College in a few years' time to continue learning and growing.”  

Middlesbrough College is a STEM specialist College and has an exciting digital offer with its very own industry standard digital school- MC Digital. The College is also set to launch its brand new state-of-the-art Digital Centre next month where MC Digital will be based. The new centre will host industry-leading programming suites, cyber labs, video editing suites, a games design suite and a full TV and film studio.   

Are you a Year 9, 10 or 11 student and want to learn more about the digital sector? Come and join the Coding Club! You can find out more about how to join here.  

We are also accepting applications for our digital courses for September 2022. Find out more and apply today.   

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