The Return of After-School Clubs
Our after-school clubs have returned for another year, and we at BlueShift are super excited to welcome students back to new and existing schools! We can’t wait to hear about all the exciting and creative things they get up to!
We’re running over 50 clubs for over 600 students every week and we continue to look forward to bringing fun, and hands-on ways of learning digital literacy skills. We've already seen super creative projects being made by our Explorer students in Scratch and our youngest Mini Coders have been building their Coding foundation, practicing their touch-typing and block-based coding skills.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with our first-ever Sixth form college this term - Newham. We are very excited about developing our newest BlueShift students' coding skills to prepare and help set them up for future tech-related job opportunities.
Research by The Bureau of Labour Statistics has projected that employment in computer and information technology (IT) will grow by 13% between 2020 and 2030, and as much as 22% for software development jobs. There are a variety of employment opportunities relating to coding, including app development, data science, software engineering, web development and more.
Our after-school clubs provide children with the opportunity to expand their coding knowledge and interest. Encouraging their interest in digital literacy can help with their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and these skills are universal for any pursuit, not just in the tech industry.
“Attending high-quality afterschool programs and regular participation can lead to improved social and emotional competencies, including prosocial behaviour, intrinsic motivation, better concentration efforts, and a higher sense of self-worth”
As we welcome new clubs and schools, we’ve been sorting and purchasing more equipment, including our student favourites: Lego WeDo kits, Lego Spike kits and Micro:bits to name a few.
Our Lego WeDo and Spike kits are popular as an introduction to robotics. They give our students the ability to create a machine that connects with computer software to interact with the creation and add animation to the screen. Micro:Bits could be described as pocket-sized computers that help kids learn coding and programming. They can be made to do a number of different things once connected to a computer and code is entered, including acting as a fitness tracker with an onboard compass to track the direction in which the holder is going. These tools allow our clubgoers to get a grasp on coding and robotics and learn the basics in order to move forward with more challenging creations and designs.
We are always looking for more students to reach, and primary, secondary and sixth form schools to partner with - if you think your child’s school would be interested in running a club, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to chat.