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Skills for the future


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Skills for the future


 
 
 

Debugging the tech sector’s diversity problem

Children from disadvantaged schools are far less likely to end up in tech, and women make up just 13% of the workforce in the UK’s STEM industries (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Using interactive and engaging coding projects our free creative computing courses are designed to give these children the opportunity to develop practical skills in problem solving, creativity and computational thinking. Children get to code their very own projects, leaving them with the skills and confidence they will need for a future increasingly driven by technology.

 
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A World Class Institution


A World Class Institution


Imperial College London is consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the world. As a leading science and engineering institution, it aims to give back to the community with engaging programs such as Codelab.

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What we cover


What we cover


We run classes at Imperial College in South Kensington. They are for children aged 11-16* and run during school term time on regular Saturdays for an hour and a half. Students work through creative computing activities with the help of a team of instructors- university students from Imperial College.  Our course introduces the basics of Javascript - a highly interactive language, and one of the most popular used in industry. Students complete quizzes and tutorials to build their understanding of a coding skill, and then test out what they’ve learned by creating a game or application.

Topics and quizzes

Students are introduced to key topics and begin immediately applying what they’re learning through mini activities - building confidence in their coding vocabulary.

Guided project tutorials

Students move step-by-step through the creation of animations, games and applications from scratch, applying their knowledge in a variety of practical scenarios.

Open ended challenges

Students are given a coding challenge brief and some suggestions - the rest is up to them. They can be as imaginative as they like, while using the skills they've learned. 


* For children under the age of 11, we'd encourage you to apply, but do let us know about any previous programming experience as the course is too challenging for most young students without prior knowledge.

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Further Information


Further Information


2018 - 2019 Programme

Autumn 2018

Students who have registered interest will be given access to our online learning portal. We will issue regular online challenges for students to complete, with the top students being awarded prizes at the end of the term.

Spring 2019

We will offer over 200 places on our weekly coding clubs to students.

The clubs will be held on regular Saturdays in South Kensington, and Wednesdays in White City.

Places will be awarded based upon our selection criteria.

Summer 2019

We will be expanding upon the Spring 2019 cohort, offering more places to even more students.

Summer Holidays 2019

We will be running a series of hackathons, workshops and other events for students in London over the school holiday period.

We will let you know as soon as possible if your child has been successfully awarded a place on the Imperial Codelab.

Computers are provided and students receive a certificate for each term they attend.