Sheffield pupils learn secrets of cracking the code

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A crack team of computer experts visited a trio of Sheffield primary schools - to fire the imagination of the next generation of keyboard crazy kids.

Experts from search engine Google were at Mundella Primary at Norton Lees, Charnock Hall in Gleadless and Athelstan in Handsworth.

The schools were nominated by city MPs Meg Munn and Clive Betts, who are backing the initiative to improve computing education in schools.

Youngsters are joining Code Clubs after school sessions that teach nine to 11-year-olds the basics of computer coding.

There are currently more than 1,500 Code Clubs across the UK, with eight in Sheffield - and five more pending.

Ms Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, said: “Code Club is a fantastic way for children to learn computing and coding skills in a fun environment.

“As technology plays an ever expanding role in our lives and economy, these skills are essential for young people, and will help open up opportunities throughout their lives.”

Code Club has set itself the ambitious target of placing volunteers in 5,000 schools by 2015. Recruiting more volunteers is a critical part of the enterprise, as most primary teachers do not know how to code so cannot pass these skills on to students.

Mr Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, added: “In an increasingly digital world, it is more important than ever that we equip our young people to make the most of the opportunities offered by the burgeoning tech industry.

“Code Club is an initiative that enables children to learn the skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”