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Manx Code Club has key to success

Enthusiasts unlock digital know-how

A technology club run for Island youngsters by a group of enthusiasts is branching out in myriad directions, as it approaches its third anniversary.

The Code Club was set up to teach the writing of code and quickly proved popular with under-12s, keen to create their own computer games.

It quickly expanded to include robotics, 3D printing, radio, virtual reality and other topics. Students have learned how to build web pages in HTML, and a language named Scratch - all free of charge thanks to tecchie volunteers keen to share their passion. 

Almost 600 students have attended weekly classes in Ballasalla since the Code Club began - but now, organisers want to reach a wider audience, explore more subjects, and offer sessions around the Island.

The club also wants to establish a permanent base in Douglas, with teaching spaces, workshops and labs - a 'Makerspace'.

Founder Owen Cutajar says understanding how technology works, how to control and make the most of it, is a labour of love:

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