I’m a young person – I want to join Code Club!
Awesome! We can’t wait to have you on board!
Code Club locations in your area can be found here!
Just scroll down and zoom in on your area.
It’s best if you ask your mum, dad or adult guardian to contact Code Clubs in your area for you. Some Code Clubs are run at schools that are not open to external students. Libraries however, are likely to be open to everyone. If your mum or dad can’t get in contact with any Code Clubs, get them to let us know! and we may be able to supply them with a contact email address.
Hey mum and dad: If there are no existing Code Clubs in your area OR you cannot get in contact with any existing Code Clubs OR the existing Code Clubs in your area are full AND you are still keen to get involved (we love you for it), we’d advise you to to try and introduce a new Code Club in your local school or community. If you are interested in starting a Code Club, just follow the easy steps below.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STARTING A CODE CLUB TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY:
Please read the following info. There are 3 essential elements to starting a Code Club:
- Approval from the venue (Library manager, community centre organiser, school Principal etc.)
- A volunteer who will run the sessions (the usual commitment is approximately 1 hour per week). It is important that the volunteer holds a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). We recommend potential volunteers get their valid WWCC as soon as possible because this will help establish credibility when they are approaching potential venues.
- Kids! (the average class size is about 15 children, however this is up to the discretion of the volunteer and venue). Kids also need to have access to a computer or laptop. They could bring their own or often a computer room works great!
Approach a venue that you think would be interested (e.g your local school). Discuss a day and time which they have regularly available to schedule your Code Club.
After you have found a suitable venue for your Code Club, Ensure you have a valid Working with Children’s Check. The application is free for volunteers in the majority of states. A quick google will get you there.
Please register your club on the map via this link:
Please fill out this short form.
It’s less than 10 questions. So we keep track and the right details in our database.
Encourage kids from your local area to sign up. They need to sign up for a full term, and we recommend having around 15 in the class to allow for collaboration and be sure there won’t be too much strain on the instructor.
You will need to download Scratch to everyone’s computers in the class – or if they have a live internet connection you can use the web version here: http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/
All the materials you need for each of the lessons are available online here:
We recommend that the lessons be read at least a week ahead to help the instructor prepare. As long as you stay on top of it, Code Club is wonderfully simple and super easy to operate!
Good luck and hopefully we can get you involved in a Code Club as soon as possible!