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Sussex students learn how to create their own apps and websites
Young people want to create and not just use digital technology according to a new survey.
The survey was released by Make Things Do Stuff – a free new website for young people to get involved with making digital technologies.
Well over half of nine to 18-year-olds in the south east would like to create animation using computer programming, according to the survey.
It also found that 56% would put in that extra bit of effort and join an after-school computer coding club to learn how to design their own apps, games and animation.
Genevieve Smith-Nunes, computing and software development lecturer at Sussex Downs College, said: “It’s good to hear that so many kids are embracing the idea of learning how to code.
“I find that kids can be inspiring when you get them out of school as the conveyor belt of lessons can be tiring for pupils as well as teachers.
“That’s why learning platforms like Make Things Do Stuff, which they can use at home, and after-school clubs are such effective ways of encouraging kids to create their own digital technologies using their new skills.”
Make Things Do Stuff, led by Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust, aims to inspire and support young people who want to get into or develop their experience of digital making.
Digital technologies touch every aspect of life, from socialising and business to controlling cars and watching the latest movies.
The survey was conducted by One Poll in May, with 500 nine to 18-yearolds.
Elizabeth and Rebecca McPherson, 13-year-old twin sisters and creators of the Teen App ‘Feelings in a Flash’, said: “We started thinking about apps when we were 11.
“At first we used to play games on our mum’s phone, but we wanted to create our own apps and websites rather than use ones that other people had made.
“With the help of our families, we created a coding club with friends so that we could have a space where we could bring ideas together and have fun. We were 12 when we started to build it and won the Apps for Good Wellbeing Category and the Audience Award.
“Our advice to other youngsters looking to try out coding is don’t be afraid to give it a go.
“Making apps is easier than you think and there are lots of helpful websites to get you started and clubs to join who will help you along the way.”
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