Cape Town kids get tech savvy during coding workshops

The CT Science Centre says it’s important to expose primary school children to computer programming.

FILE: Schoolchildren pictured during a coding workshop in Cape Town. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Science Centre has emphasised the importance of exposing primary school children to computer programming.

It has formed partnerships with big businesses to ensure learners from Cape Town’s northern education district learn the basics of coding.

A collaboration with the Chevron Schools Project and SAP has enabled the Cape Town Science Centre to roll-out coding workshops at schools in Cape Town's northern suburbs.

Centre director Julie Cleverdon says the initiative also aims to break down the stigma that computer programming, also referred to as coding, is difficult or only for the intelligent.

“We introduce a child at a very young age to something that should be a part of their skills set and normal literacy. It makes it so much easier for them to learn in primary school than high school.”

Using free computer programming software, Scratch, the initiative sets out to expose less privileged pupils to digital literacy.

Pictures: Cape Town Science Centre/

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)