Coding across the generations

Posted: 11/09/2019

Take a robotic ball, an adult, a child and a smartphone and you have the perfect recipe for an exciting coding workshop with a difference

This year during the annual JT sponsored National Coding Week, JT is providing two free coding workshops for budding techno families, called ‘JT Generations Code Together’. 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.

Two exciting and interactive sessions have been specially planned with step-by-step guides for pairs of one child (aged 8 – 13 years) and one adult (no age limit) each to take part in. During the free two-hour session, which will be 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: “National Coding Week always presents a great opportunity to inspire and inform through raising awareness of coding. 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. At JT we’re keen to help more people to use and understand digital technology, as we have one of the best digital infrastructures in the world, which in turn benefits the whole community and encourages the digital leaders of our future.”

National Coding Week founder, Richard Rolfe, said: “It has always been our aim to encourage schools and businesses to deliver events which showcase innovation and give people an insight into how digital technology is influencing their lives and how they can use it. The JT Generations Code Together sessions are a fun way to demonstrate the latest digital capability using a fantastic learning tool which will appeal to all age groups. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank JT for their constant efforts in bringing our digital community together, this is the fifth year JT have sponsored the annual event, supporting us since we began in 2014”.

With Digital Jersey’s new Academy opening during September digital skills are firmly on the agenda so we expect these sessions to fill fast. Tony Moretta, CEO, Digital Jersey said: “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. It’s great to see JT arranging events like this alongside National Coding week.”
The sessions take place from 6 pm to 8 pm 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 at and are limited so we encourage islanders to register their interest fast.

More information about getting involved can be found on the National Coding Week website

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