Fun with coding

(left to right) Martha Lane Fox, Gordon Brown, Tim Berners-Lee Two of these three have been recurited to star in the video

How do you promote the idea that learning computer coding is fun? Well, an organisation called Founders Forum has come up with a clever and amusing method. This annual gathering of wealthy technology entrepreneurs has made a video, shot, and edited in a day.

You can watch the Code Club clip - posted on YouTube - here.

They have managed to assemble a stellar cast list - including the creator of the World Wide Web, the founders of YouTube and Lastminute, and a member of the Royal Family - and persuade them to be mildly teased by a group of school children. I particularly liked their disappointment at not getting a more glamorous Royal to audition for their start-up.

There is already plenty of momentum behind the idea that we should give children the opportunity to get a grasp of coding at school. So I'm not sure this video will make much difference - but it is always good to see prominent people making fools of themselves in a good cause.

Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent

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    Comment number 4.

    Why on Earth are they involving feckless wastrels? Have they no self respect that they continually fall at the feet of these chronic under-achieving chinless wonders?

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    Comment number 7.

    Subject close to my heart, though I'm a rubbish programmer... However getting kids to program just has to be made fun... I play a game. Minecraft. It's a sandbox game that has a huge mod scene. One of these mods is called Redpower, which has recently included a full Forth interpreter... so I can program my in game inventions to do anything (within reason) I want...

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    Comment number 8.

    Coding isn't fun.

    Coding is like learning the piano. It can be fun if you don't care about the results. But economically useful coding - presumably why people think we should teach it to youngsters - is 1% creativity and 99% quality assurance. It's just as hard as learning the piano professionally. Telling them it's all "easy" or "fun" does them a real disservice.

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    Comment number 9.

    Nowadays most kids have too much choice and far too many distractions to focus on one subject unless they become seriously hooked

    A million utubes to watch
    A thousand TV channels to watch
    Mobile phones
    Mass gaming, surfing and shopping on the internet

    When home computers took off in the 1980s we had 4 TV channels no mobile phones and no internet

    Modern kids hardly even bother kick a ball about

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    Comment number 11.

    Also, although computing may not technically be a science (yet to be decided) it should still make use of its many inspirational pioneers. Where physics has its Einstein computing has its Turing. Having examples of individuals that broke new scientific ground, or showed us a different way to think about a problem was a major factor in my own curiosity for science and technology.


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