TOOWOOMBA'S talented youngsters are getting a better understanding of the language of coding and software, with a series of free classes held this week.

Volunteer mentors are working with students, using their love of Star Wars or Minecraft, to develop games or short animations.

Using a laptop, Alexander James, 7, and Laurie Dougherty spent the first session perfecting movement commands for robots.

Laurie said he wanted to work in video game programming in the future.

Ethan Callaghan, 13, said as a lifelong fan of Star Wars, learning the language of code was rewarding.

Mentor Glenn McGuire is studying computer engineering at university and said passing on computing knowledge was vital.

Alexander James, 7, (left) with Laurie Dougherty, 9 at the CoderDojo Toowoomba classes run through Canvas Coworking.
Alexander James, 7, (left) with Laurie Dougherty, 9 at the CoderDojo Toowoomba classes run through Canvas Coworking. Elouise Quinlivan

"It opens the door to much more complex coding and understanding, it's something I wish I had been shown at such a young age," he said.

Students can still join classes until Friday, held from 10am until noon and 1pm until 3pm at the Canvas Coworking space, 625 Ruthven St.

Phone 0407 584 987 to join.

Daisy Reynolds (left), 10 with Connor Haywood, 11 at the CoderDojo Toowoomba classes run through Canvas Coworking.
Daisy Reynolds (left), 10 with Connor Haywood, 11 at the CoderDojo Toowoomba classes run through Canvas Coworking. Elouise Quinlivan

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