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BBC publishes coding study guides ahead of new curriculum

The BBC is encouraging kids to learn about coding with new study guides and materials available on Bitesize

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Study guides and child-friendly content has been published on the BBC's Bitesize pages, encouraging kids to learn about computer programming ahead of the introduction of a new computing curriculum in the UK.

The broadcaster announced plans to focus on coding for young people in 2015, with these Bitesize materials and several TV shows airing in the autumn serving as a preview.

Jessica Cecil, controller of the BBC's coding and digital creative initiative, said: "It's about giving the next generation a chance to shape their world, not just be consumers in it. Clearly this is all about partnerships, this is not about us saying, This is the way you do it because the BBC says so'.

"Partnership is absolutely the watchword. We know there is a fantastic landscape out there and we want to play our part in it."

The content on Bitesize caters towards children ranging from primary school age up to GCSE level, covering many of the areas being introduced with the new curriculum.

Several television programs will also be broadcast last in the year, including Technobabble, focusing on apps and gadgets, Appsolute Genius, in which presenters interview notable programmers, and five episodes of Nina and the Neurons in which they will teach children about 3D printing, coding and driverless cars.

Emma Mulqueeny, founder of Rewired Sate, told the BBC: "It is the combined knowledge of these groups and individuals, uniquely gained through groundwork and making mistakes then learning, that will provide a strong bedrock upon which the BBC can roll out its year of code.

"Partnerships bring strength and shared learning prevents avoidable mistakes and unifies an active and committed community. I am hugely encouraged by this move by the BBC, and would counsel everyone to look at collaborative engagement."

The BBC hopes to partner with various organisations ahead of next year's initiative, with talks already underway with Microsoft, BT, Google, Samsung and more.

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