Computer Clubhouse grows

24 April 2015

Clubhouse member - legoThe first quarter of 2015 has seen Lach Howarth, our Clubhouse Coordinator, running regular outreach sessions with Calwell High School and Wanniassa School Senior Campus.

The sessions are being run in community spaces within the school, such as the library and the wellbeing rooms, and involve up to 10 students at a time.

During the outreach sessions we use Lego, LittleBits and the MaKey MaKey to engage students in a hands-on way. We then talk to participants about the Clubhouse, where it’s located, what we do, who is able to join, and what they can expect to get out of it if they should choose to attend.

So far we’ve had great success in increasing our high school member numbers, which have risen by 700 per cent since the end of 2014.

We’ve also run a very successful one-off outreach session at Erindale College, with their media and IT class. We took along the MaKey MaKey and hooked it up to one of their computers. The session format was very flexible, providing students with the opportunity to explore their own ideas with the MaKey MaKey. Of the 14 students in the class, we had great engagement with all of the students, and expect them to sign up as Clubhouse Members in the near future.

We continue to collaborate with staff at Erindale College to arrange experience opportunities for students at the Clubhouse, and to support them during their games programming classes next term.

Find out more about YWCA Computer Clubhouse, or read our latest newsletter.

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