In 2012 FUZE recognised a counterproductive gap between teaching coding in schools using visual tools like Scratch, and real world languages like Python. FUZE predicted that primary schools focusing only on early learning tools would not best prepare students for the challenges that lay ahead in secondary school. This could only lead to fewer students taking coding as a subject choice in year 9, and especially so if they were exposed to more Scratch like applications in years 7 & 8, which should be noted, is often the case.

 

Recent articles and reports published by The Independent, the BBC and The Royal Society highlight the problem in schools. Coding is seen as too complicated and over technical, and in many cases boring! The result is far fewer students choosing computer sciences.

 

FUZE Coding Workshops prove, time after time, it doesn’t have to be this way as coding, when made accessible is great fun, incredibly empowering and most of all it instils ‘computational thinking’ as a by-product. 

 

FUZE Coding Workshops in schools focus on three core concepts essential to all programming languages. These are Loops, Variables and IF THEN statements.

 

The objective of a FUZE Workshop is to ensure by the end of each session these concepts are understood to varying levels of competency depending on the year group and the pupils starting point.

 

“FUZE Scratches the itch Python can’t reach!”coding in schools fuze with robot arm

Where FUZE’s pedagogy differs from alternative methods like Scratch, Purple Mash and other early learning apps, is its focus on text based coding.  This is achieved with FUZE’s own programming environment that has been designed specifically to ensure teaching text based coding is as easy and as accessible as possible.

 

A basic grasp of the three core concepts removes many barriers to further learning and does wonders in demystifying the complexity shrouding real world programming languages like Python, C#, Java etc.

Learning with FUZE more students are likely to face real-world languages with enthusiasm and see coding as an achievable progression to realising their own lucrative career potential.

 

coding in schools JonIt may seem too bold a statement, but quite simply, real coding, when presented in an accessible, engaging and fun way could turn the current lack of student signups on its head. Back in the eighties when home computers became all the rage, their incredibly accessible coding environment soon resulted in there being more programmers than we knew what to do with.

 

It really isn’t rocket science.

To enquire about FUZE Coding Workshops or to discuss implementing FUZE at your school please email us at contact@fuze.co.uk or Facebook etc. @fuzecoding

Jon Silvera Founder of FUZE Technologies Ltd

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