National Coding Week shows how easy it is to start coding

National Coding Week shows how easy it is to start coding

“Coding is overwhelming at first, but once you start, it’s like a chain reaction. You want to learn more and more. It makes you question what you can actually do.” – Nicky, coding beginner

Nicky was one of 16 programming novices who dropped by FutureLearn HQ in London this week, for a beginners’ coding class as part of National Coding Week.

Members of the FutureLearn team took them through an interactive, hands-on session, showing them the code behind their favourite websites, and how to manipulate it to create their own webpages. Here’s what happened.

Many attendees were surprised by how simple it was to get started and how interesting programming can be.

“Coding is a good exercise for the mind, but it can also help in your job. Anyone who has the curiosity to learn should do it. You’ll discover more interesting things than you thought possible.” – Giuseppe, coding beginner

We also ran a live coding Q&A on Facebook with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which offers a range of coding courses on FutureLearn. Educators James and Laura were on hand to answer questions on teaching computing, using Raspberry Pi resources and learning to code. Their advice?

“It’s really important to keep doing things, no matter how small they are, to keep your own skills relevant. The big success stories that we’ve seen, in terms of people starting from scratch and then learning a lot of programming, are those who’ve just gone around and tinkered with things.” – Laura, Raspberry Pi educator

If you’ve been inspired to learn to code, read our new career advice on how to become a developer, browse all of our Tech & Coding courses or visit the National Coding Week website for more information about events in your area.

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