Haywyre Supports Code Club

Haywyre Supports Code Club

A member of the Haywyre team, Natasha Allsopp is starting a new Code Club in Stafford.

“Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.” – CodeClub.org.uk

Learning to code at an early age is so important now we’re in the digital age. Haywyre has recently become a supporter of a scheme which aims to introduce coding into schools and community groups. This will greatly benefit the industry and the young peoples’ career prospects. As the current generation leave school they will already be living and breathing development in one way or another, meaning the possibilities for the future of computing will be endless.

Children use technology everyday inside and outside of the school environment. Whether they use this technology to do history homework, IT classes or play games, it is important that they learn how it works and how to build it.

At Code Club they learn more than just how to code, they also learn how to solve problems, logical thinking, discovering solutions and working as a team plus the all-important development of presentation skills.

For example, the first session is designed to teach the children about basic algorithms. Algorithms are a set of instructions that a computer can read and output what it is told to do. The idea of the session is to highlight to the children that computers are unable to think for themselves so have to be told every step in the correct order to achieve the expected output. This session is run without even touching a computer; instead it is an interactive session where the group has to work together to make the computer make a cup of tea, sounds simple? Did you remember to tell the computer how much milk to pour in or which way round the cup should be? I bet you didn’t.

At Code Club we intend to introduce children to new hobbies, interests and maybe even a desired career path they never even knew existed.

The Code Club will be run and lead by Natasha with a couple of enthusiastic volunteers by her side every Thursday between 16:30 and 17:30 starting early October 2015 at Stafford Library.

Stafford Library

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Chrome App Test Day for the Haywyre Team

Here at Haywyre we have been creating a bespoke mock exam Chrome App for Matthews Training Ltd.  Tuesday 12th May was the Chrome App test day for the Haywyre team. 

Six willing candidates sat a three and half hour mock exam. They were using the new computer-based application for the first time.

Haywyre designed the Chrome App so that it could be used offline in an exam environment; this was crucial to ensure that candidates could not access any online resources during exam.  The application had to be simple and easy to use.  The user’s experience was the biggest priority throughout the development process.

After observing the six candidates throughout the three and half hour exam it was clear that the candidates found the application very easy to use. They navigated the interface well.

Initial feedback has been very positive and we are proud to say that it was a success.

Cliff Matthews from Matthews Training LTD was delighted with the application, due to its ease of use, simplistic design and quality of finish. Cliff is looking to roll out the computer based mock exam to all candidates for his next course, which is fantastic news.

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