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Welcome! This page has all the information your family needs about tech opportunities in Cornwall.

Free clubs and events in Cornwall

At Cornwall Tech Jam you can learn about programming on a variety of platforms. You don’t need to bring anything with you apart from curiosity 🙂 

The Tech Jam is run by volunteers (hobbyists and professionals) who have a broad spectrum of experience in lots of areas.

Code Clubs give all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. They work with a global community of volunteers, educators, and partners to run free coding clubs where 9- to 13-year-olds can learn to build and share their ideas.

Get coding!

Start coding and develop your skills with these fantastic online resources:

Learn the basics of coding with Daisy the Dinosaur! Built by the creators of Hopscotch this free, fun app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use.

Code a Dance Party to share with friends and family. Featuring Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Panic! At The Disco, Lil Nas X, Jonas Brothers, Nicki Minaj, and 34 more!

You only need a computer and an internet connection to code with Scratch. Click the link and you’ll soon be coding your own games, animations and digital art.

Build your first app in just 30 minutes – all you need is a computer, an internet connection, and access to a smartphone or tablet. 

Code Club World helps you make cool stuff while learning to code, with free coding games and activities for kids to explore.

What’s a software engineer?

Have you ever wondered what a software engineer does? We asked Hannah Rowe, Director at Rowe IT to explain: 

Computers wouldn’t work if they weren’t told what to do. The instructions used to tell computers what to do are called programs. A program may need additional information (input) to be able to give us an answer (output). It’s a bit like baking a cake, the cake recipe is the instructions that need to be followed (the program). The ingredients are the additional input needed, and the output is a delicious cake. It is the job of a Software Engineer to write the recipes that tell computers what to do. Everywhere you look there are computers. In cash registers, cars, TVs and tablets. All require Software Engineers to make them work.

But it’s not all writing code! A big part of software development is talking to the people who will use the software when it’s made and getting feedback as it’s built. This is to make sure that when the project is finished, what gets made is good! That’s why lots of games will have Beta tests where they’ll let players test out the game before release. Whether you enjoy Minecraft, Roblox, Rocket League or Fortnite, none of these would be possible without Software Engineers. Software Engineers take the dreams of game designers and make them reality.