Our creative coding workshops are coming to the Southampton area this October! First Coding will be running our popular Scratch game building workshop on Saturday 27th October at The Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH.
A task will be set (based around a treasure hunting problem) and with guidance and help, pupils will build their solutions before going head-to-head at the end of the session to win a prize.
I’ll be running the after-school computer club again at Leehurst Swan starting next Thursday. I really enjoyed running the club before the summer and I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas the pupils come up with this term. We’ll be covering Scratch and Python, so I’m sure it’ll challenging and fun for all.
First Coding is always developing new ideas for app. Here’s one we recently published to the app store, it’s a simple variation on the Simon game from the 1980s. Titled The 4 Dots this game will test your memory and it’s free to download from the Play store for people to play. Just click here.
First Coding is very happy to reveal that after a summer of hard work our teaching resources are now online and available. Our resource packs are a subscription based online resource for primary and secondary school teachers as well as parents to aid in the teaching of computing within schools and the home. Not only does it provide teachers with classroom handouts, working project examples and PowerPoint presentations but subscribers have access to a monthly podcast of ideas for setting up coding clubs as well as a support forum and video seminars to help deliver great lessons.
The Scratch coding competition that was run over the summer holidays has now finished and I have had great fun judging the entries. After failing to find suitable competition to encourage my students over the holidays, I decided to set one up myself and the response has been great. It’s allowed me to speak with teachers, educators and parents all over the world and it’s also been great fun playing all the fantastic entries the First Coding received.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to build a game and enter it. It was really difficult to choose a winner but if you didn’t win this time around, maybe enter another one the next time we hold a similar competition.
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter their games they made into our summer competition. We’ll be going through them all shortly and we’ll announce the winners at the end of the week. I can already tell that this is going to be a tough job, the standard has been excellent. Well done to everyone who entered and thank you once again for supporting First Coding’s creative summer challenge.
If you’re looking for a creative outlet, or need inspiration or help with a project you’re working on, then you might be interested to know that I’m starting a free monthly meet up for people young and old to show off any projects and discuss ideas. I’m calling it INVENT.
First Coding will now be running two Retro Gaming coding workshops this month. They’re being held at The Old Fire Station in Salt Lane, Salisbury and each one costs just £20 for the two hour session. The times of the workshops are below:
Saturday 11th August 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 18th August 2pm – 4pm
If your child is aged between 10 and 14 and would be interested in attending one of the workshops, then please drop me a line.
We’ll be using Scratch, a visual programming language that is used in most schools. Scratch can be used in very clever ways (including designing this video for the workshops) and is a great gateway into learning to code.
This week saw First Coding host its very first children’s party. The parents were looking to host a party with a difference and approached me to see what I could do to help. So this weekend we had eight young coders all working away on their own games to then go head to head to win prizes at the end. The prizes I gave away were copies of this rather fab Scratch coding book based on Star Wars, check it out here.
It was a great deal of fun for all, including myself who got to work with some great kids with some very creative ideas, all whilst being fed cake.
In today’s sessions we were looking at how we could use the Microbit to measure water quality. One idea was to use the light sensor, shining a light through the water to then have its intensity measured. Another great idea was to measure the conductivity of the water, as impurities would influence the readings. Here we’re just getting some base readings from ordinary tap water.