Free coding workshops at Hackney's youth hubs


Budding future techies can get a taste of computer coding with free workshops that are taking place across Hackney’s Youth Hubs this summer.

From 25 to 29 July, Hackney Council’s ‘Week of Code’ is offering free coding sessions for young people of primary school age.

These sessions will build on skills young people have developed since computing was added to the national curriculum in 2014.

The coding workshops will give those attending the chance, using free-to-use computers, to create their own computing games based on popular titles such as: Minecraft, Star Wars, Flappy Birds, Angry Birds and Disney’s Frozen.

Not only for the borough’s young people, ‘Week of Code’ sessions will also give parents the opportunity to take part in coding exercises together with their children. There will be information and ideas for other activities available for parents to take away to continue the learning throughout the summer in time for the new school term. 

The coding workshops are taking place across all of Hackney’s Youth Hubs, giving the borough’s young people the opportunities to get involved no matter where they live in the borough. The Youth Hubs and workshop details are:

• Monday 25 July at 2pm - The Edge, 7 Woodberry Grove, N4 1ST

• Tuesday 26 July at 3pm - Concorde, Kingsmead Way, E9 5PP 

• Wednesday 27 July at 3pm - Young Hackney Stoke Newington, Chaucer Court, N16 8TS 

• Thursday 28 July at 1pm- Young Hackney Forest Road, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY

• Friday 29 July at 2pm - Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH

Christina, nine, who attended a coding session at The Edge, Woodberry Down, said: “I like making the games with the code and then getting to play on them after, I want to get a job when I’m older making games on the computer.”

For more information about the ‘Week of Code’ and to find out more about Hackney’s Youth Hubs, visit the Young Hackney website: www.younghackney.org.