Wolverhampton's Central Library has launched a new coding club - giving children the chance to develop their computer programming skills.

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Run by volunteers from the University of Wolverhampton's Computer Science course, the after school club meets weekly with youngsters learning Scratch, a graphical programming language devised for youngsters.

The Code Club is open to children aged from 9 to 11 who get the chance to use Scratch to design their own computer games, animations and websites.

Councillor Elias Mattu, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adults, said: "Being computer literate is so important in this day and age, and the Code Club is a fantastic way for younger library users to get to know how computers work and to develop their programming skills.

"The sessions, delivered by experts from the University of Wolverhampton, are interactive and fun and it's great to see young people using Scratch to create their own interactive stories, games and animations."

Raul Sutton, of the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: "The University is very pleased to be a partner in the Code Club initiative. Volunteers support these exciting extra opportunities for local children interested in learning more about computing to follow their interests."

A series of taster sessions for library members were held during half term, with the Code Club meeting every Monday from 5pm to 6pm at Central Library, starting this week. The club is free but places are limited; please call 01902 552023 to book a place.

  • released: Tuesday 3 November, 2015