Active coding academy combines digital skills with outdoor actvity

Strathallan School

A Scottish coding startup aimed at young people aged between 12 and 17 is being launched this summer. It aims to educate students in various languages, from beginner to experienced. There is also an outdoor programme, with the option of taking part in a different activity each day – from swimming and football to salsa dancing and climbing.

To mark its launch, Edinburgh-based Active Coding Academies, which is operated by the digital agency i2diversify, is offering the three applicants the chance to experience for free the two week residential camp hosted at Strathallan boarding school, near Perth. As well as learning Python, React JS, Java, SQL and taking part in the outdoor activities, themed evening events will encourage students to work in teams and develop their ideas introduced in the classroom with activities such as a Zombie Murder Mystery.

ACA’s founder and managing director Marc Dinardo said: “There is nothing currently available that combines learning to code and physical activity, targeted towards teenagers. With a diverse range of careers now available to aspiring coders, we are seeking to develop a programme that appeals to both males and females across wide ranging backgrounds. We are on the lookout for three students who may not necessarily have considered coding before, but are interested in learning and want to spend part of their summer in a stunning setting.”

Tracy Pattinson, commercial lets and events manager at the school, added: “Strathallan is the venue of choice for a wide range of organisations during the spring and summer holidays and we are delighted to add the inaugural Active Coding Academy to our programme. This unique course encourages children to engage in a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom and Strathallan is the perfect environment for this. The programme which Marc and the team have brought together promises to be very popular and we look forward to welcoming students of Active Coding Academies to Strathallan in the summer.”

Teenagers who are interested in this opportunity are asked to complete the brief personal statement and application form outlining why they should be selected. The deadline for applications is 14 April. Follow ACA on Twitter and Instagram at @activecoders, for updates and more information.

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