Code Ctrl: Coding Classes for Tech Savvy Kids

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Nunnovation Africa Foundation has recently established a new initiative known as Code Ctrl which focuses on upskilling children and teenagers in programming and coding. The coding classes are available for kids between the ages of 7 to 15 years old. As technology dominates our lives, learning basic computer programming isn’t just a smart idea, it’s an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike.
Nunnovation Africa Foundation establishes various programmes which inform, educate and empower people across the continent, instilling conversations about innovation throughout. Innovation invariably means high tech and computers. And the hottest innovation in education these days is teaching kids to code. Coding skills, we’re told, are a fundamental building block of 21st-century literacy – right up there with reading, writing and arithmetic. Coding skills will make people more employable and the nation more competitive.
As an advocate for innovation, we know that learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.
The Code Ctrl classes are divided into three main themes, which are web development; mobile development & electronics; as well as game development.
Web programming, also known as web development, is the creation of dynamic web applications. Examples of web applications are social networking sites like Facebook or e-commerce sites like Amazon.
Mobile Development is one of the most intriguing areas of software development. It gives a unique opportunity for a developer to build an actual, usable, meaningful application in a relatively short period of time. Mobile development represents a great entrepreneurial opportunity for anyone who can programme or code mobile applications as they are currently in high demand.
Game Development is an umbrella term which includes many different skills all coming together to create a greater whole. Game Developer is like making. There is no single skill involved in making a car, instead you have engineers, graphic designers, manufacturers, quality assurance and more all coming together to make a car. In the case of a game however, it’s still possible for all of these different tasks to be performed by a single person.
The first batch of classes, which were Web Development have come to an end, with the little ones filled with excitement as they are now able to create basic websites by themselves! For those who have missed out, the March holiday classes will begin soon, available in Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng!
If you’d like more information on Code Ctrl and the classes it offers, please contact our Innovation Skills Programme Manager, Zandile Mabena on zandile@nunnovation.com or 010 035 1080.