Happy Hens

After learning that one of our young pupils recently bought some chickens for her garden, we set about designing a web page to advertise the eggs she was going to sell. The nice thing about Scratch 3 is that you can embed your projects really easily and this is exactly what we did here.

By designing an interactive Scratch project to introduce everyone to her new pets, Elsie was able to embed it into her website. You can see the finished result here.

Elsie's Happy Hens

Virtually Anything

I have been so impressed over the last few months at the standard of work coming out of the various clubs and courses I run, I’ve always wanted to give the students further direction with regards to their creativity and coding. So I hit the ground running this year and after a great deal of hard work have produced this 24 page booklet on game design and distribution.

I used to make zines all time years ago and could see the layout of the booklets in my mind easily. It appears I’ve lost that skill these days but I managed to nail it with help from an old zine-making friend. Thank you!

Meeting Microbit

I was fortunate enough to talk with the people at Microbit whilst attending the Bett Show this weekend. They were really surprised at some of the projects that have come out of First Coding’s advanced courses, so well done to all! I came away with stickers for everyone.

This year I really want to push the Microbit to its limit to see what creative projects we can make.

 


 

 

Young Coders’ Course

** NEW FOR 2019 – NOW INCLUDES LEARNING TO CODE WITH MINECRAFT **

First Coding will be running its popular Young Coders’ course once again! Ideal for children aged between 7 and 10 years with an interest in computers and games, pupils will learn how to create colourful and amusing animations and build fun interactive programs, all whilst learning important concepts and gaining confidence in computer programming via the popular game of Minecraft and through the visual language of Scratch.

The cost of the course is £75 and starts on Saturday 2nd February between 2pm-3pm, running for four weeks.

For more information regarding the course, please check out the website: http://www.firstcoding.co.uk/young-coders-course/

Cipher Competition

Calling all budding spies! This half term at Leehurst Swan School we’ll be running the coding club as per usual. However, after towards the end of the sessions pupils will get the chance to enter their project into a competition to win prizes. The theme of the lessons is all based around ciphers, learning how to write programs that will encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

These sessions run for five weeks, starting this Thursday after school. There are still a few places available, so if you know of a pupil who would like to participate in this lessons and competition then drop us a line.

A Challenge for the Tutor

I was recently set a challenge!

First Coding ran a number of coding completions and challenges over the Christmas period, however I never expected to be set a challenge myself! I’ve always claimed that a problem can always be solved with creative coding and so a group of pupils told me to pick a problem that bothers me and code a solution before Christmas. I listed a few problems and the pupils picked the issue of traffic volume in the area for me.

My solution doesn’t solve it as such but highlights how busy our roads have become. It takes a video feed of the traffic and converts the colour and frequency of the cars into musical notes. I’ve been testing it on the roads in my village, click the link to hear the musical samples. http://trafficjam.site11.com/

This could work in other areas too. Imagine using visitor numbers from a shopping centre to generate music for example, I think with a bit of fine tuning this project could prove a really interesting one.