blue{shift} is West London’s premier provider of coding and robotics instruction and teaching and assessment materials. We were started in 2013  with the aim of teaching children aged 5 to 14 a creative approach to coding.

We care deeply about all children becoming active creators of technology, not simply, passive users. We teach coding, robotics, problem solving and encourage lateral thinking. We use the new National Curriculum in Computing as a framework for the classes we lead.

blue{shift} write much of our own content ranging from pre-computing concepts to Scratch to JavaScript. We have won many accolades for our work and have written a series of books for Hachette with another book for parents due to be published with Little Brown. Finally, all 4 teams that we mentored for a National Appathon in 2014 placed in the top 10 and received awards at the House of Commons.

Services

After-school clubs:

blue{shift} run weekly, after-school coding clubs at a growing roster of state and independent schools. At our clubs we look at everything from Scratch to JavaScript to robotics. We run private clubs for a minimum of 6 students by request .

Coding Workshops:

We run one-off coding workshops at schools and events. Our workshops often look at a particular subject , for example: music and programming or wearables.

Camps:

We run fun, engaging and creative coding and robotics camps every holiday and half-term. Camps cover topics like Minecraft Modding, robotics, making apps in JavaScript, Touch typing and Games programming.

 

As Featured in:

▲ Bunnie buzz

▲ Angels and Urchins

▲ Absolutely magazine

▲ Urban Explorer

 

Our Team

Heather Lyons

Founder & Director

Heather has worked in digital media since 1999. She was bitten by the tech bug early on and excitedly began building apps and websites as soon as she left school. Heather has taught computer-based design at the Architectural Association, has a Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University and has done further advanced study in Computer Science at UCL. Heather also has 3 young children.

Charlotte Alexander

Head of Content

Charlotte Alexander is an interactive artist and educator with a Masters in Creative Technologies from Auckland University of Technology. Before joining blueshift, she developed and ran e-textile worksohps, teaching coding and electronics basics.

Edward Fish

Teacher

Ed is a fantastic teacher who can build robots and mod Minecraft with the best of them. He has a background in Music and Computing and recently completed his Master's in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths.

Zoe Scheletma

Office Manager

Zoe hails from New Zealand where she worked for some of the country's leading creative agencies. She is a whiz at keeping the operation running smoothly.

Tiegsti Solomon

Teacher

Tiegsti is completing an MSc in Big Data at UCL and is a friendly and patient teacher.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Computing and is well-versed in all web technologies!

Richard Morrison

Teacher

Richard is an enthusiastic teacher who has developed his own online English language teaching platform. It was through developing his website, that Richard discovered his penchant for coding. He is both a great teacher and knowledgeable coding enthusiast.

Younus Porteous

Teacher

Younus is a fantastic teacher who always offers new insight into the subjects he teaches. He has been tutoring for years and recently completed a degree in Physics at Cambridge.

Alice Stewart

Teacher

Diane Edwards

Teacher

Ewa Justka

Teacher

What People are Saying

"blue{shift} shows children that programming is more than just programming- it's a way of breaking down a problem. It also it puts children in a state of mind of identifying puzzles and needs and solving them."

Christopher Bangs, parent

"My seven year old attended coding camp at blue{shift} during the holidays. She loved it. Heather and her team made what can be a very dry and complex subject, fun and interesting.... I would highly recommend blue{shift} and I would send my daughter there again."

Michelle Dunne, parent

"This half-term my son attended their camp and he loved it! One of the things he did there was he embedded his plush toy with the lights and sensors (which he programmed) so that it reacts when someone passes by. Cool, isn’t it? :)

Svetlana Sapozhnikova, parent

"What I like the most about programming is how the impossible is often possible."

Student, 8 years old

"I like programming because It's colour coded!"

Student, 7 years old

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