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Get the ball rolling... get coding!

Get the ball rolling... get coding!

Sunday 15 September 2019

Get the ball rolling... get coding!


Adults and children will next week be invited to learn how to get a ball rolling - without using their bodies.

Programming a robotic ball will be one of the ways in which islanders will be introduced to the world of coding in two free workshops being put on by JT.

The workshops for budding techno families are called ‘JT Generations Code Together’, and come as part of National Coding Week 2019.

These workshops are designed to bring adults and children together for a few hours to share their different skills and, in the process, learn how to programme an app-enabled robotic ball called a Sphero BOLT.

Video: The Sphero BOLT, which islanders will be able to learn how to programme. (YouTube/Sphero)

The two interactive sessions have been specially planned with step-by-step guides for pairs of one child (aged 8-13 years) and one adult each to take part in. 

Led by Jersey Coders expert mentor Colin King, the pairs will complete a series of challenges which may include navigation, IR (infrared) communication and direct interaction between the Spheros.

Tamara O Brien, JT‘s Head of Customer Experience, said they wanted to help more people to use and understand digital technology.

 “National Coding Week always presents a great opportunity to inspire and inform through raising awareness of coding," she said. "This year we wanted to take this ideal opportunity to get generations of families to partner and share skills with each other, in a fun digital learning environment. Many adults have not grown up with technology the way their children and grand-children have, so part of our intention is to unravel some of the mysteries of coding in a friendly and jargon-free environment."

With Digital Jersey’s new Academy opening during September, digital skills are firmly on the agenda and spaces at the sessions are expected to fill fast.

Tamara O Brien JT

Pictured: Tamara O'Brien, JT's Head of Customer Experience.

“Building coding skills is a vital asset for our island’s future generation and building understanding amongst the current generations of adults is equally important,"said Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey. "It’s great to see JT arranging events like this alongside National Coding week.”

The sessions take place from 18:00 to 20:00 on Tuesday 17 September at Digital Jersey Hub and Thursday 19 September at the Digital Exchange in St. Brelade. Places on the JT Generations Code Together sessions can be applied for online.

Pictured top: The Sphero BOLT, which islanders will be able to learn how to programme. (Sphero)

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