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Cardiff children encouraged to learn computer coding

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A Cardiff man is aiming to raise £35,000 to fund his project encouraging children as young as five to learn how computers work.

Father-of-two Dan Bridge, from Rhiwbina, launched Craft Computer Club last week on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

The project involves making a computer using craft materials like paper, scissors and glue.

Through building it children are introduced to concepts like binary numbers, pixels in images and how the Internet works.

Former software developer Mr Bridge, 40, said: “It is really important children have a strong understanding of the devices that are ubiquitous nowadays.

“Coding is really just a way to communicate with computers. It is just another way to interact with technology.”

So far 124 people have contributed more than £5,000 to the project and Mr Bridge said he is really pleased with the feedback.children comp 4

He came up with the idea after volunteering in schools to inspire young people to get involved with science, technology, engineering and maths.

“I had no idea how I was going to teach computing to a group in school. Luckily I’ve got a 5-year-old daughter so our kitchen table was filled with craft stuff so thought they could be the tools.”

Mr Bridge has until March 12 to raise the £35,000 needed to develop the project.

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