First Coding is officially a year old! The last twelve months have seen over 150 places booked with First Coding and I can honestly say it’s been a delight working with you all. Now that First Coding is providing coding clubs to schools in the area, I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what fabulous creations come out of 2019! You can read more about this important milestone in the newsletter here.
I really must give huge thank you to all of the parents and carers out there. Your support has been invaluable. From encouraging your children to get involved, to spreading the word about First Coding, I really appreciate all your support!
Starting next week and running throughout December, First Coding will be hosting additional coding sessions over lunchtimes at Bishop Wordsworth’s School. Teams will get the opportunity to go head to head with their finished projects in the hope of winning one of the Raspberry Pis that are up for grabs.
I always like it when new adverts go out. Even as First Coding approaches its first birthday, I still find it exciting to see things in print. See if you can find us in the latest edition of Raring2Go.
This week saw the launch of another computer club at Leehurst Swan school. This half term focuses on game making, paying close attention to character animation, level design and scoring systems with the aim of providing pupils with enough knowledge to make their own games over Christmas.
Whilst trying out Scratch 3, pupils have been giving their chatbots a voice. The responses are random to give the chatbots a bit of character. We’re going to look at ways to incorporate the Microbit next.
It’ll soon be Christmas once again and as First Coding likes to offer free tutorials to download, I’m busy working on some great little projects for all to enjoy. Last year we shared our cheap(ish) arcade cabinet build and it was really well met. However, after feedback the cost of materials put a few people off so this year they’ll be another tutorial to build your own arcade cabinet, but this time we’re downsizing and recycling an old Ikea CD drawer as the housing.
As our game designing courses progress, there have been a number of really good points that have emerged from discussions and the projects we’re making.
The most important one so far has been to concentrate on what you’re good at when it comes to game design. If you’re more of an artist than a coder then focus on the art, there is a huge resource out there to help with the coding side of things. Likewise, if you’re a good coder but poor at art then why not consider purchasing some assets. This is we’ve done in this case and the best thing is, we’ve found a character that almost matches exactly our concept drawing!
As our game is going to be a vertical scrolling ninja game, we’ve been working on a suitable name for it all weekend and we’ve hit upon “Night Fall”.
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.