Superhero Month: Masks

As it’s the start of Superhero Month, we first need to select the mask we’re going to wear on our adventures. This is an easy program to build in Scratch, take a look at the blocks to see how the masks are controlled by a simple variable. How would we go about adding more masks? You can view the Superhero Mask project here.

How can we take it a step further and add a superhero name generator? Clue: Take a look back through last month’s spy projects.

Scratch works best on a laptop or pc.

First Coding - Superhero Month: Superhero Masks

January is Superhero Month

Happy New Year to everyone!

After the success of the spy themed projects last month, we’re continuing along a similar theme with January being Superhero Month. Don’t forget to check this blog and our Facebook page regularly to see what projects we’ve been working on.

It’s an exciting time for First Coding as we launch our creative coding courses for children, be sure to check them out on the website:

First Coding Salisbury - Superhero Month

The Caesar Cipher App

Spy Month has been a great deal of fun especially seeing as though it’s been First Coding’s first monthly theme. The projects have generated a great deal of interest and I hope they’ve encouraged people to expand on the ideas we’ve shared.

The spy theme concludes with a rewrite of the Caesar Cipher project from earlier on in the month but this time built for Android. There are a few added extras with this one, mainly in the form of a more difficult code to crack as well as the option to send your coded message via text to a friend. It will also automatically decode any incoming coded texts too. If you don’t feel like typing then you can even talk to it and it will write and encode whatever you say.

Keep your eyes out for up and coming Android app workshops where we’ll be teaching people how to build their our apps the fun and easy way.

First Coding - Spy Month. Caesar Cipher for Android

Click here to download it and install the contents of the zip file onto your Android device. If you’re having trouble installing it then just drop us an email and we can guide you through the process.

Keep a look out for up and coming Android app workshops where we’ll be teaching people how to build their our apps the fun and easy way.

You can still catch up with the previous spy related projects by clicking here.

Spy Month: Maze Game

We have a maze challenge for you this time. Controlling the red block using the arrow keys, can you navigate the maze to reach the gold coin whilst avoiding touching the walls or moving grey blocks?

This game incorporates randomness with the grey obstacles making a random decision as to what turn to take when they reach a wall. This means that every attempt of the game is different. You can also take a look at the blocks used to make this game, how can this game be improved?

Play the game here:

Did you know we cover game design in our Introductory course? Why not take a look:

First Coding - Spy Month Maze Game

Spy Month: The Secret Code Machine

Spy Month continues with the Secret Code Machine, a great little Caesar Cipher built in Scratch to help keep your secret messages a secret.

It was a little tricky at first to work out how it was to function but like I’ve always told my pupils, if they can explain a concept clearly in plain English then building a project is made a great deal easier.

Incoming message…

gsv ivw ulc uorvh zg nrwmrtsg

The nice thing about the Secret Code Machine is that you can cut and paste the encoded messages into emails etc to send to people. Works best on laptops or desktop machines.

First Coding Spy Month - The Secret Code Machine

Spy Month

We will shortly be posting theme related projects and ideas for people of all ages and abilities to get stuck in and have a go on our Facebook page. There should be something for everyone to enjoy so keep popping back to our page to see what December brings. Click here to be taken to our Facebook Page.

December’s theme is all about Spies and we’ve already put together some fun and creative projects to share with you. If you fancy setting us a challenge, then why not suggest a spy related idea for us to attempt.

First Coding Spy Month - December 2017

Salisbury’s Digital Drinks

Last week saw The Old Fire Station here in Salisbury host another Digital Drinks event. Here digital curious people of all ages, abilities and interests get to meet up and discuss ideas over drinks. This was also the perfect venue to showcase First Coding’s courses that start in January.

As a way to draw people in I brought along the arcade cabinet that I made (the build process being detailed here) and loved talking to visitors to my table about providing the younger generations with the building blocks to create their own ideas using Raspberry Pis.

First Coding at Salisbury's Digital Drinks

I was also fortunate enough to attend the talk given by Jeremy Heath-Smith, executive producer of the Tomb Raider games and found his account of his ups and downs in the gaming industry to be very honest and incredibly inspiring.