Way back in May this year, the Library began a trial in collaboration with Code Club Aotearoa to set up and run a volunteer led coding club for Year 7 and 8 students at Upper Riccarton Library. This was the first collaboration between Code Club and a Library anywhere in the country and due to our great venue and equipment in conjunction with brilliant volunteers organised by Michael Trengrove, (the Code Club Aotearoa founder) it was a resounding success. Numbers and interest grew and it was clear that we would need to look for new venues to accommodate the influx of keen young students.
As of Term 4 this year we currently have another two full Code Clubs up and running. One at South Learning Centre and another at New Brighton Learning Centre. This has been and will continue to be a fantastic collaborative project between Libraries and an outside organisation that helps to lessen the growing shortage of young “Coders” in our country and we are very proud to be taking an active role in this. If you are interested in learning more about Code Club Aotearoa please take a look at their website (which can be viewed in either English or Te Reo Māori).