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Host a Code Club at your venue and we will help you find volunteers

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As coronavirus continues to impact Aotearoa and we move between Red and Orange, a lot of clubs will not be able to run in person sessions safely and will move to online learning. If you would like to host an online session please reach out to us at [email protected]

For more info please see our ways to run your club during COVID page.

Host your own Code Club

Hosting a Code Club in your classroom or venue (such as a library or community centre) is a fun, and engaging way to give back to your community. Code Clubs are free for children to attend and with the help of volunteers and leaders they learn how to make games, websites, and many other exciting things! Our projects have been written for children who are 9-13 years old, based on average literacy and numeracy levels for this age group. However, many of our club's work with students either side of 9 and 13.

You don’t need to be an experienced programmer to run a club. Using our step-by-step project guides for Scratch, Python and HTML/CSS is a great way to build confidence for both you and your students.

You can choose to run the club by yourself or if you’d like some help, you can advertise for volunteers in your local area and reach out to us about our nationwide network of keen volunteers- we can put you in touch!

What are my responsibilities as a club host?

A club host must be able to provide adequate space, reliable wifi and devices for a club to meet once per week for at least an hour. Some children will be able to bring their own device from home, however we recommend children work on similar devices in the beginning to avoid too many technical difficulties! These are usually laptops, chrome books or desktop computers.

Club hosts are often quite involved with student and if required, volunteer recruitment when getting started. After the club has been set up the host may choose to teach on their own, help alongside volunteers or not teach at all, relying on the volunteers to do this part. No club is the same and it is up to the host to decide how they would like to run sessions.

As for projects, most clubs work through the Scratch modules before moving into Python and HTML/CSS. Some are entirely robotics based and many work with compact hardware like the micro:bit and Raspberry Pi. Again, it’s up to you as the leader and whether or not you have access to equipment, but there’s plenty of open source material out there to work with!

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How does Code Club support me as a club host?

Once registered as a club (using the green button on this page) Code Club begins supporting your club by providing you a platform to meet volunteers and parents in your area. Registered clubs are invited to Code Club events which bring many schools and industry professionals together. Lastly, we are on hand whenever your club needs assistance. Get in touch at [email protected].

When/Where do Code Clubs meet?

Code Clubs are often hosted at either a school or a public venue like a library. The club host decides on the day of the week and time of day that the club meets. Many clubs meet after school, others meet during lunch while some clubs meet on Saturdays.

Who are Code Club volunteers?

Code Club volunteers can be tech industry professionals, semi-technical parents or even older students keen to lend a helping hand. All Code Club volunteers are required to comply to NZ police vetting requirements before entering the classroom. Code Club vets each volunteer open registration.

Who are Code Club students?

Code Club students are traditionally 9-13 years old. Very often students enter their first club with no prior coding experience so they will need to get started with the basics. However, Code Club students are from all varying levels of technical ability, ethnicity, gender and are all excited to learn to code!

How do I get started?

After reviewing our Terms and Conditions, register your club by clicking the green button on this page. After completing the form a Code Club staff member will reach out to you within a few days to request a 1-to-1 phone call. From there you can begin recruiting students and volunteers to your club and are ready to get started anytime of the year!

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