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Ignite


Debugging the tech sector’s diversity problem

State school pupils are far less likely to take STEM-based A-Levels, and women make up just 13% of the workforce in the UK’s STEM industries (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Our free creative computing courses run in London (Imperial Codelab), Manchester and Leeds (Sponsored by BJSS) and are designed for social groups that aren’t represented enough in the tech sector. Using interactive and engaging coding projects, students learn practical skills in problem solving, creativity and computational thinking. But more importantly, they develop the confidence in their abilities that they need to dream big.

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What we cover


What we cover


Our classes run in London, Leeds and Manchester. They are for children aged 10-15 and currently run for ten weeks on Saturdays for an hour and a half. Students work through creative computing activities with the help of a team of instructors (current university students studying STEM subjects) we also encourage students to work together on their projects. Many of our students use our classes for the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and some go on to take GCSE Computing.

Our course introduces the basics of Javascript, one of the main programming languages. 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.

Guided project tutorials

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

Topics and quizzes

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. 

 

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Term information


Term information


Our free courses in London (Imperial Codelab South Kensington and White City*), Manchester and Leeds (Sponsored by BJSS) are open to children who are attending state-funded schools, private schools with financial assistance or are home educated. Once you have booked a place we will provide you with more details regarding the class location and anything else you need to know. If you do not meet the criteria you are encouraged to apply for our Explorers course or sign up for our newsletter, linked at the bottom of the page, for updates about future courses we may offer.

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

*White City classes have now sold out for the Autumn Term. If you would like to join the waiting list, please register your details with us here.

Autumn 2017 locations:

Imperial Codelab London Powered by YNAP and Imperial College London (White City & South Kensington Campus)

Ignite Manchester Sponsored by BJSS

Ignite Leeds Sponsored by BJSS

Autumn 2017 Term dates

September: Saturday 23rd, 30th
October: Saturday 7th, 14th (Half term 21st, 28th - No class)
November: Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
December: Saturday 2nd, 9th

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Sponsors


Sponsors


Thanks to our generous sponsors we are able to provide creative coding classes for free to children from many diverse backgrounds.

 

BJSS is an award-winning, delivery focused IT consultancy. With over 20 years' software delivery and IT advisory experience, they are renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and their proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.


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 Imperial Codelab, powered by YNAP