Frequently Asked Questions

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General

How do I get involved in Code Club?

Code Club Aotearoa is community-led, we provide the basic projects and materials. All you need to do is connect with an existing club looking for volunteers, or to start your own club and find a school or library offering a venue. Search online on the Code Club Aotearoa website, or on Twitter or Facebook, and see what club communities are in your area. If you need some help, get in touch.

How does it work?

If you’re a school and you want to find a volunteer to come in and help run a Code Club, you’ll need to register as a venue looking for a volunteer. Volunteers in your area will then be able to find and contact you. Likewise, if you want to volunteer at a school, you can register and search for a venue.

Can I see the materials you teach?

Yes, you are free to view, download and print our materials here. Please note that if you intend to use our materials to run a Code Club, we do ask that you register.

What age is Code Club for?

We recommend kids aged 9-13 years old attend Code Club, although that age range is flexible. The best thing to do is get in touch with your local club leader!

Can I charge for Code Club?

In short - no. Not charging for Code Club is one of our core tenets, and we make all of our materials and resources available for free and our volunteers give their time for free. We do not allow clubs to charge for attendance as it goes again the ethos of the organisation.

Where can I get support?

Check out your local Google Groups forum to get in touch with volunteers in your area. It might be that there’s already an answer to your question there. It’s also a good way to get in touch and talk to other volunteers about their experiences.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates. For any other questions you can contact us and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Can I donate to Code Club?

Yes! We rely heavily on donations to continue growing and being able to teach as many children to code. You can donate to us online here.

Are you a charity?

Yes. We are an incorporated charitable trust, registered as a charity on the New Zealand Charities register [CC51617], with authority to carry out all valid charitable activities, including the following particular stated purposes:

The Trustees may grant financial assistance towards:

(a) offering free education in software design, computer programming and other digital technologies skills for all people in New Zealand but with a particular focus on educating young people in technology skills; and

(b) professional development to enhance school teachers’ abilities and skills to deliver the digital technologies curriculum within schools in New Zealand.

This means all of the funding we receive goes directly to our charitable purpose. You can learn more and view our financial accounts here.

Setting up a Code Club

How do I set up a Code Club?

If you want to volunteer to run a Code Club, you’ll need to find somewhere suitable to run one with adequate computer facilities with access to the internet.

If you have a suitable venue to run a club, but don’t feel qualified to teach yourself, then you’ll need to find a suitable volunteer! See below for more details on how to do both of these.

I have a suitable venue but I can’t teach. What can I do?

If you have a venue suitable for running a Code Club – a school, a library, a youth centre, for example - but you don't feel qualified to run a club yourself then you'll need to find a volunteer. Register your venue on the site here.

Once you're registered you can speed up the process by contacting a volunteer in your area. Check for registered volunteers in your area here. Chat to friends. Contact local newspapers and community websites. Use Twitter or Facebook, or anything else you can think of. You can always contact us for help.

You'll need to meet with your volunteer and talk about how to take it forward. Agree on a day of the week and a time.

I can teach but I don’t have a place to run a club. What can I do?

If you want to volunteer to run a Code Club, you’ll need to to find somewhere suitable to run one with adequate computer facilities and access to the internet.

Primary and intermediate schools have been highly successful venues as students can learn with their friends and grow and develop together. Libraries and community centres, too, might be a good place to run one outside of school hours.

The important thing is to contact the venue directly, and organise to meet them face-to-face. Explain what Code Club is and take along any relevant materials. Then you can propose a regular day and time for your club! Then register your club on this website and download the materials from our projects page.

Where do I get the materials from?

All of our materials are available from our projects page.

What software do I need?

We start with Scratch. You'll also need Python.

Are there legal requirements?

In the New Zealand any adult who wishes to work with children using Code Club Aotearoa material must have a background criminal record check conducted and sent to us.

You may also need to have insurance, depending on the site and whether there are any teachers supervising etc.

How much does it cost?

Code Club is and always will be free! It’s one of our core beliefs and we aim to keep it this way. Code Clubs should be totally volunteer-led, so please don’t charge for your clubs!

I need to find funding to run Code Club – where can I find it?

Look to local technology companies or other local businesses for help as well as grant giving organisations in your region. Code Club Aotearoa also has a pool of funding available, contact us here.

Contacting Code Club

Where are you based?

We are a small team currently based in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand. We are busy estabishing regional leaders in all the major centers. Our network of wonderful volunteers are based all over the country!

Can my company sponsor Code Club Aotearoa?

Absolutely! If you are a company interested in sponsoring us, please email us.

I'm from the press, can I talk to someone at Code Club Aotearoa?

Of course! Please drop us an email to say hello.

What are the terms of service?

You can read our Terms of Service here.

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