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23 March, 2020 - 15:33 By Kate Sweeney

Class act as Redgate Software launches coding club for children

UK schools may be in shutdown but Cambridge technology business Redgate Software is launching a free coding club for youngsters aged six to 14 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Redgate Coding Club will host free online workshops every Friday from April 3, teaching the basics of computing.

Coding specialists from the company are leading the venture but Redgate invites volunteers from fellow Cambridge companies to join the tech teachers cohort.

A Redgate spokesperson said: “These are challenging times we find ourselves living in right now. We believe STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects are a critical part of a well-rounded education. 

“But we also recognise that figuring out how to keep our children engaged in those subjects is going to be tricky while we’re all at home.

“We hugely value the work of all of the teachers, lecturers and classroom assistants across the world and we’re not going to pretend for a minute we can do a better job than these heroes. But, we’re still going to lend a hand if we can.

“We’re very proud to announce the launch of the Redgate Coding Club. We’re planning to host these sessions through the commitment of our amazing staff here at Redgate but if you are interested in helping deliver some of these classes then we want to hear from you. You can email us at proddev [at] red-gate.com for further info on how you can help.

“We’re not doing this to make money, we’re doing this for a number of more important reasons. Firstly, we love developing software and sharing how we do it. Second, STEM subjects are super important to us, so if just a few classes we offer create an interest for one child we’ll be delighted. And third? This is just the right thing to do right now isn’t it?”

Redgate will be using Scratch to run the workshops. This will run in your web browser; you can download it to a suitable PC or laptop FREE from here –https://scratch.mit.edu/download

Redgate will be running the workshops as video calls so participants will also need to click on the link they will send for each class where they will be prompted to download Zoom – a free video conferencing tool.

Participants are advised to sign up as soon as possible.

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