Tomorrow's World of Coders Graduate from Code Club

P upils from Blythefield Primary School in Belfast have graduated from an educational coding programme set up and delivered by locally-owned tech company Neueda.

A project founded by the company’s CEO Brendan Monaghan, Neueda Code Club is aimed at cultivating skills and confidence in coding amongst primary school children to inspire the next generation to move into a career in IT.

Code Club volunteer, Gavin Friel, helping out Blythefield pupils during their visit to Neueda

Specialist software engineers from Neueda visited Blythefield as well as St Malachy’s Primary School on a weekly basis, working with P6 and P7 classes to introduce basic programming concepts and lead practical sessions in programming languages that are used in Neueda today like javascript, python and labview. The course culminated at a Graduation ceremony hosted at Neueda’s Weaver’s Court headquarters near to the schools.

“I firmly believe that IT is for everyone. By fostering skills and an interest in IT at a young age, we can help plant the seeds of a future career in technology – with the long-term aim of enriching the local talent pool and improving our economy,” said Brendan Monaghan, Neueda CEO.

“The primary school children this year have been exceptional in grasping what Code Club is about – throwing themselves into projects and problem-solving tasks with enthusiasm. After 40weeks of coding lessons, the children can now make animations, chatbots, iterative games and some fully autonomous football playing robots.

“It is hugely encouraging to see the next generation’s natural flair and passion for technology – something we are keen to harness and feed into the evolving NI tech sector. We hope to roll out Neueda Code Club to several more local primary schools as the years progress,” Brendan said.