Coding and computer programming isn’t just for computer experts. Anyone can learn to code at any time in their life.
Learn to code
To get you started, we've put together a range of amazing coding resources and activities for people of all ages.
- iDEA - this national accredited programme offers a range of digital and enterprise skills courses for learners of all ages, including introductory courses in coding
- Scratch (external link) - Introduces kids to computer coding, showing you how to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Check out our DigitalWigan Scratch studio (external link) with examples of projects you can create or remix.
- Raspberry Jam (external link), CoderDojo (external link) and Code Club (external link) are computer coding resources. Code Club also offers a free Code Club projects platform (external link) for children aged 9-13
- Girls Who Code (external link) offers free downloadable coding activities
- Micro:bits in libraries - Did you know you can borrow micro:bits from your library? A micro:bit is a pocket sized programmable computer designed to introduce people to coding and computing. You can find micro:bits on the shelves in Wigan, Leigh, Platt Bridge, Lamberhead Green, Golborne and Tyldesley Libraries - just ask a library assistant for help!
- Code.org (external link) offers free online courses and activities suitable for all ages. If you don’t have much time, you can even try out their Hour of Code section.
- FutureLearn (external link) offers a wide variety of coding and programming courses. If you would like to further develop your coding skills, why not try their Start Programming with Python program (external link)
- Barclays Code Playground (external link) brings coding to life. It makes learning to code easier for everyone, including teachers, parents and students, and offers a range of brilliant coding resources.
Digi-Wonderland Coding Competition
Take part in our Digi-Wonderland coding competition by creating a winter-themed coding project.
It can be one of your own designs and you can use any coding program or website. You can also use one of our Digi-Wonderland coding projects on Scratch or on the Micro:Bit MakeCode website (external link). Feel free to change these projects however you like - new colours, new music, new designs, it's up to you!
What's the prize? A winner will be picked by our team and awarded a Micro:Bit starter kit and crafty materials.
To enter the competition you will need to:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your finished coding project. You can send a link to your project or if you’re not sure how to do that, send a photo instead
- Make sure you include your name and age in your email.
The competition runs from 1st December 2020 to 17th January 2021, 8pm.
Only one person can enter per entry and if you're under 16, you must get permission from your parents/guardian to enter.
Don’t want to take part but still want to code?
You don’t need to enter the competition to play with coding projects. You can: