It’s the 21st Century and the education system is still not doing enough to teach kids about the importance of coding. Years from now, we’ll all need to learn some form of coding, whether it’s a simple HTML code in a blog post or creating a sophisticated computer programme.
One man has a vision for that future. Dan Bridge, a Cardiff local, is an experienced coder and has been a software developer for 20 years. Through his experience, he thinks he has devised a link between the inquisitive nature of a young child and the daunting, ever-developing virtual space.
His Kickstarter, Craft Computer Club, is a series of papercraft exercises in an illustrated book. Within the book are a series of fun craft activities that explain the fundamentals of computers and an online support network. Where some kids may not feel comfortable diving right into a computer to start working with code, every child is comfortable with a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. The idea of Craft Computer Club is that kids learn the basics of coding and have something to show for it at the end. Something they created, but in physical form.
The Craft Computer Club concept also aims to give teachers and parents a guide on how to educate children on the core principles of code and an activity that can be done in the classroom or at home.
Dan has already tested out his concept and it worked brilliantly. Back in the Autumn, he did a 6 week test pilot in a Welsh Primary school. There he taught a group of six year olds and actually took them to see the Raspberry Pi being made at Sony. Dan also ran daily workshops at GameCity which were a rousing success.
Dan is banking a lot on this project. So much, in fact, that he is willing to part with his extensive retro games collection just to get funded. Items include an Atari 2600, Commodore 64C, ZX Spectrum, Dreamcast and even a PC Engine. The collection needs to be seen to be believed. Take a look at this..
Dan is a hard-working guy with a pure vision and we would love to see him get funded and help develop the education of young children who want to learn more about the ins and outs of a computer.
If you’re interested in learning more about the project, check out this video to see the Craft Computer Club in action
The Kickstarter has just 7 days left, so if you’re interested in helping Dan achieve his goal then hit the link below.