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Helping the children of today become the programmers of tomorrow

 

Pupils at Broad Heath Primary School in Coventry are getting a head-start on their coding skills thanks to Meetspace VR and Junior Game Creators (JGC).

The school have been selected by Meetspace VR to receive a bursary of 100 hours of coding workshops to be delivered by JGC, specialists in educational workshops designed to stimulate an interest in computer science through video games. The after-school club, starting in September, will take the children through a different game each week, introducing new aspects of learning so that by the end of the program, they have a good understanding of what can be done.

John Lilley, creator of JGC, CEO of Meetspace VR and co-founder of Gamewagon will be hosting a session at the upcoming Big Tent Ideas Festival, part of the Coventry City of Culture 2021, on 10th July at the Assembly Festival Garden. The fully interactive session will take the audience through JGC’s unique approach to creative learning showing how they teach kids planning, some basic physics, how to communicate and work with others, problem solving, elementary graphic design and audio.

Lilley is keen to encourage other businesses in the Midlands and Coventry to create similar bursaries to help prepare the workforce for tomorrow for the creative challenges that lie ahead. “Not all of us are built to be coders, but the workforce of tomorrow will need to understand how the creative process works and which bit of it they enjoy the most,” he explained.

Laura Donnelly, Deputy Head-teacher at Broad Heath, is delighted that the school has been chosen as the first recipient of such a bursary. “We are very excited to be involved”, she commented. “By tapping into children’s natural passion for video games, John and the team’s bursary will allow our children to work on a brand new game each week which will introduce new aspects of the software and continuously build and deepen their knowledge, skills and confidence.”

Broad Heath pupils aim to become programmers of the future through coding classes

 

Gamewagon is a social gaming events company. Believing that gaming is better together, whether in person in Gamewagon’s bespoke Mercedes Sprinters where they host gaming parties and events, to online/virtual events when people can’t get together geographically. Gamewagon also developed Junior Game Creators, a fun and educational programme to teach kids programming and coding whilst at the same time giving them a strong creative and digital foundation via their passion for video games.

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