The Finale of Coding ClubRTD
Last week we held a celebratory evening for the completion of our Coding Club. Throughout the past couple of months we’ve hosted a number of sessions in collaboration with Warrington Youth Club to educate young people aged between 13 – 17 years old and offer them the chance to develop their skills within coding.
RTD House played host to 13 teens from in and around the local area who wanted to gain experience within the digital field. Each of these came through the Warrington Youth Club, and wanted to take the opportunity to learn some new skills and work on an exciting project. Our head of Web Design, Ste Royle, led the way with the project and quoted “The young people really enjoyed it and learnt many new skills including what HTML and CSS is and how to use it. They also developed an understanding of branding is and why it is so important, how to plan a website project and manage their time, and what makes good content.”
During the weeks we were running Coding Club, the teens met with Phil Marsh, our Head of Web Marketing, Josh in Graphic Design and many more talented individuals from RTD House. This was a great way for them to gain knowledge from experts within their own fields and get first hand advice to help them along with the project.
Our Coding Club attendees were tasked with creating a brand, concept, logo and functionality for what they wanted this project to symbolise. The teamwork shown was fantastic and together, they came up with the name ‘Gears’ for the project. Following this they spent the next 12 weeks working together to make a functional website for everyone at Warrington Youth Club to enjoy.
This was an exciting and new challenge for all of us at RTD, and one that we think has really paid off. It’s been great to see these young people be part of building the new site for the Youth Club, and each of our attendees showed very unique and impressive skills as well as a great attitude towards learning about the digital industry.
Now having finished the project, the last thing we needed to do was celebrate. Last Tuesday the teens and their parents came along to RTD House for pizza, drinks and a buffet, and enjoyed playing pool and table tennis, as well as showing their parents around the new website. This was a chance to explain what it meant to them and the basis behind all of their decisions and what led them to constructing the final website in the way it’s built.
Following on from this our Head of Marketing Natalie managed to speak to some of the parents who said: “It’s great what Results Through Digital are doing for local teenagers. My son has loved coming here and it’s really nice to see how enthusiastic he has been about the Gears Project”.