Here are the Code Club Geeks! (Scrolling Marquee made by Shahzeb after the Code Club trip to Geeks)
Geeks is a local (multi award-winning) Web Development company which kindly invited our Code Club into their offices today to see how websites are developed for clients in the real world, and to answer our questions about careers in programming.
We were thrilled to be invited; their offices are amazing, lots of computers & programmers (only to be expected) and an enormous games/ relaxation room with snooker, table football, table tennis, gaming chairs, refreshments – and goodness knows what else that we didn’t see! Personally, I was surprised at how quiet the offices were (until we arrived). People were really, really busy and engrossed in their work.
Rebecca (a project manager) and Alex (a developer) gave us an introduction into what they do, their case studies and clients. The children then played a game that Geeks had developed – an interesting twist on “Pass the Parcel” (with gifts for everyone!). Each layer contained at least one html tag which had to be entered into the correct line of code to build our very own website in under 30 minutes. It was fascinating to watch the website develop before our eyes and we learned some new html tags, such as “marquee”, which causes text to scroll up, down, left or right automatically (and which we all liked) and “button”, which adds a clickable button to the website. We are anxious to have a go at including both of them next time!
Alex told us that it was making a program say “Hello Alex” for the first time as a child that made him realise he could control a machine and build what he wanted – this inspired him to develop a career as a programmer.
Rebecca told us that her most challenging projects were ones where two applications needed to interact with another, such as a payment application interacting with a shopping website. She explained that as a project manager, not a software engineer like Alex, she wasn’t as involved with the coding and so had gained tremendous satisfaction from successfully developing the website we made today!
We would really like to thank Rebecca and Alex as we realise how much time they had put into planning our activities and making our trip so enjoyable. Also Somayeh Aghnia, co-founder of Geeks, for making this possible through her strong sense of community relationships, particularly in this case, with Ray Kinsella of Merton Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks also (as always) to Tim & Jon, our wonderful volunteer programmers, and to Miss Hughes and Mr Sapper for accompanying us.
We had lots more questions but ran out of time. Perhaps the children will blog their questions as comments below and Rebecca & Alex have kindly offered to answer them all.
PS It was MUFTI day, normally we look a lot smarter!