A holiday club with a difference aims to turn children into techno ninjas this summer.
Banbury mum Karen Williams says youngsters attending her two summer holiday courses will create their own working app, programme a computer game and make a short animated movie clip.
The courses will take place at Blessed George Napier School from July 28-August 1 and from August 4-8.
“There is a growing skills gap. Employers are complaining that many school leavers lack the skills needed in this digital age. They know how to use applications, but they don’t necessarily know how to make them and that’s what we need to address,” said Mrs Willliams, a learning technologist at Banbury and Bicester College.
“The new curriculum will be doing just that and Techno Ninjas is here to help encourage and hopefully inspire young people to get in there and see how things work behind the scenes, break it if necessary, then learn the skills to get it working again.
“It’s so satisfying looking at a programme that doesn’t work and then tweaking the code to get it working!”
In her work at the college Mrs Williams is in touch with the latest emerging learning technologies and communications platforms.
Youngsters aged from nine-16 can take part for any number of days and will be involved in all activities. See www.technoninjas.co.uk.