Google partners with The Sun for children’s ‘Code Camp’

In an effort to teach young people in London how to code, Google and The Sun are joining forces on a new project, Code Camp, aimed at teaching children about computer programming.

The event is designed to raise awareness of coding and its importance in the modern world, and will be hosted at Google's London headquarters as part of The Sun's Get Kids Coding campaign.

David Dinsmore, editor of The Sun, said: "Britain has a thriving software industry and some of the most innovative technology companies in the World, but the number of British young people working in these companies in declining.

"Coding is now an essential skill for nearly all industries and The Sun is proud to be spearheading an initiative that will help bring through the next generation of Tim Berners-Lees."

This is the latest push for young people to get involved in computer programming, after it was announced that the Department of Education would be introducing coding into the school curriculum from September 2014. This will apply to children aged 5-16 years old.

Since 1998, there has reportedly been a 60 per cent decline in the number of college-aged students taking computer science at A level. Fifteen times more boys took the subject than girls.

The UK is currently the 37th country in the world for computer engineers in proportion to population, the job creation brought about by the thriving apps business has produced a significant skills gap.

Mark Warriner, director of engineering at Google, added: "From the invention of the computer, to the world wide web and the TV, Britain has always been a cradle of invention. Even today, the software, app and gaming industries are creating jobs at a record rate.

"But we're not as good as we once were. The number of students studying computer science is declining and we risk falling behind. We hope this campaign will inspire more young people about what they can do with code and help to make innovation part of Britain's future, as well as its past."

The campaign will be accompanied by a series of features published in The Sun encouraging parents and teachers to learn more about computer programming, helping the cause through their children.

Caroline Preece

Caroline has been writing about technology for more than a decade, switching between consumer smart home news and reviews and in-depth B2B industry coverage. In addition to her work for IT Pro and Cloud Pro, she has contributed to a number of titles including Expert Reviews, TechRadar, The Week and many more. She is currently the smart home editor across Future Publishing's homes titles.

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