Invisible Dust is deeply committed to supporting local regional communities to become ambassadors for climate change. Understanding local environmental issues and learning how to talk about them is the beginning of a journey. ECOde aims is to support children and young people to respond imaginatively to environmental issues, to start taking responsibility and to begin influencing change.
ECOde introduces children and young people to the natural world, inspiring them to investigate local biodiversity and understand that human activity can affect nature in negative ways. It helps them to join the dots, ask questions and find creative ways to inform the wider public about climate change and environmental issues closer to home.
The project is based in Scarborough and is a collaboration between Invisible Dust and North Yorkshire Library Service (https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries-0) involving Scarborough Library’s Code Club. Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for young people aged 9 – 13 (https://www.codeclub.org.uk).
This unique project will give children the chance to develop their computer coding skills in fun and creative ways, sharing their ideas and learning about the world around them with members of the public at local Open Days planned throughout the year.
They will get to meet and work alongside experts in digital technology, scientists and artists who will support them on their creative journeys. As well as the regular code club sessions, there will be ‘hands on’ workshops to enable the children to make friends with nature in a variety of ways.