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. Share your Scratch creations with us and win a prize by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your scratch creation
- 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.
October 2020 - Join our Ada party and win a prize!
October is a special month for all things digital, playing host to a variety of events including Fun Palaces, Ada LoveLace Day, Digital Leaders Week and Get Online week.
To mark the occasion, we've created a special Scratch project for all the family to enjoy that celebrates Ada Lovelace, one of the first computer programmers.
How do I take part?
You can take part and be in with a chance to win a prize by visiting our Digital Wigan Scratch studio (external link). All you need to do is send us a link to your Scratch creations by emailing email@example.com.
Make sure you join us on @DigitalWigan on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 for our Ada party, where we'll be sharing your Ada celebrations.
The competition closing date is 31st October 2020 and winners will be contacted the following week. Entrants must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter.