Google offers free coding lessons for UK children this summer

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Children between the ages of five and 12 can take part in a series of classes this summer run by tech giant Google. Six different classes will explore digital skills, including coding, music making, and creating quizzes.

Tools will include virtual reality headsets and MaKey-MaKey circuit board kits. The lessons aim to demystify the process and encourage children to take their skills further.

Available in multiple locations

The free classes will be held at Google shops situated in Currys PC World stores in Thurrock, Tottenham Court Road, and Fulham. They will run from July 21 to August 27.

The programmes, which are part of its Summer of Science initiative, are being run by Google in partnership with Raspberry Pi, Teen Tech, Code Club, and Young Rewired State.

This isn’t the first time Google has been involved in helping young children. Previously, they ran a series of creative coding classes and worked with schools throughout the UK to train primary school teachers teach students how to code.

Classes teach a wide variety of skills

The different classes include Brick Building Challenge, Playing with Code, Music Maker, Go Wild Expedition, The Art of Experimenting, and The Big Web Quiz.

Music Maker will use the famous MaKey-MaKey kit and a selection of gummy bear sweets to play music beats and rhythms. The result will be one giant track from all the collected sounds; the track will actually be released on Google Play.

The Big Web Quiz allows kids to create their own questions based on family history and favourite topics, while Playing with Code shows how easy it is to use coding to change the design of the letters in names using Google Made with Code.


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