who we are

Our Mission

Our aim is to enable and encourage children aged 5 to 16 to be digital creators and support their parents and teachers. We want to inspire all children, whether they’re naturally inclined to learn to code or not, about the things they can make and do with code.

our vision

We believe that if taught with a focus on creativity, learning to code will not only equip children with the technical skills they need to excel in the future, but will also teach them critical problem solving skills. We encourage children to problem solve and realise their own ideas, helping to prepare them for a rapidly changing world which requires adaptive and innovative thinkers.

our services

blue{shift} is West London’s premier provider of coding and robotics instruction and teaching and assessment materials. We were started in 2013 with the aim of teaching children aged 5 to 16 a creative approach to coding. We run after-school clubs at a growing roster of schools, workshops and camps. Our courses have looked at everything from designing wearables to 3D printing to creating VR experiences with code.

the blue{shift} story

In 2013, I was approached by some mums who were keen for their children to learn to code.

I had been teaching computer-based design at the university level in London and had children of my own. I was also passionate about empowering children to create with code as opposed to simply consuming technology through yet another device.

Our first term started with 8 children, in my garden. Those 8 children all re-enrolled and we started running after school clubs at a girls’ school. We were soon teaching over 300 children per week...

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meet the team

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Heather Lyons

Founder & Director

Heather has worked in digital media since 1999. She was bitten by the tech bug early on and excitedly began building apps and websites as soon as she left school. Heather has taught computer-based design at the Architectural Association, has a Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University and has done further advanced study in Computer Science at UCL. Heather also has 3 young children.

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Jordan Wu

Creative Technologist, Content co-ordinator & Educator

Jordan Wu is a digital artist and has a BsC in Digital arts and Computing. He works as the Creative Technologist and Educator for blue{shift}. Jordan has a keen interest in virtual reality, developing new ways for immersive experiences, through programs and games.

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Laura Satkausaite

Events & Office Co-ordinator

Laura has completed Media and Communications degree at Bournemouth University, and now works as an Office and Events Coordinator. She has experience in events organising and sales, and reviews books in her free time.

“I LOVE HOW YOUR COURSE ENCOURAGES CURIOSITY AND GIVES KIDS A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LOOKING AT THINGS. MY CHILD LOOKS AT CARTOONS FROM AN ANIMATOR'S PERSPECTIVE; SHE ASKS ABOUT THE SOFTWARE USED AT SUPERMARKET CHECKOUTS.”


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