The club was launched in October 2010 as an educational initiative by Simon Webb, the curator of the Museum of Computing to encourage students (ages 8-17) in the community to learn how to code. Our goal is to show that software programming is a skill that anyone can learn. We aim to dispel the myth that programming is difficult by making it fun. We achieve this by getting our students to program games, mobile applications and websites amongst other things.
Our educational curriculum gives the students a starting point and then lets the students use their imagination and creativity to design their software applications as they please. Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. We believe imagination is on the key things required to be a great coder and coming up with new ideas is something that is encouraged in the club.
There are several statistics that show that there is going to be a big shortage of programmers in the industry in the future. This means there will be more jobs than good programmers. Through our classes, we aim to inspire students to become the next generation programmers, software engineers, innovators and rather see coding as boring and tedious, see it as an enjoyable experience and a way of making the world a better place through technology.
Check out this video clip to hear what the leaders of the software industry have to say about programming:
So far, our students have created a number of games using Scratch, Contruct 2, Unity and many other creative applications.
Other Scratch examples of pupils' work can be viewed here:
At the museum of computing we currently have a membership system in place. These slots are unfortunately currently occupied. On occasion a pupil will leave, freeing up a place for a new pupil. When this happens the place will first be advertised on one of the two links below.
Please check now and again as these spaces are highly sought after.
A free slot can be reserve for Children’s club by using our online booking system accessible via one of the below links.
The System processes all major debit and credit cards securely. This is a charge of £5 per session per child.
Link for morning group:
Morning - (10am - 12Noon)
Link for afternoon group:
Afternoon - (1pm - 3pm)
From the 2nd April 2016 our booking system has been open to all users old and new, including any user on our previous waiting list.
All non members must be pre-booked online.
Please note that this works on a first come first serve basis.
Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before start time of session slot to receive a refund.
Like to volunteer at the club?
The Museum of Computing @ Swindon exists to provide you with a record of all aspects of the history of computing.
We are family-friendly, and welcome people of all ages. You will find many hands-on exhibits, allowing you to experience computers and related items as they were in the past.
We welcome groups and school visits - check our Education pages for more information.