Happy Birthday First Coding!

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!

Christmas Tutorials

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.

Arcade Cabinet from an Ikea CD Drawer Arcade Cabinet from an Ikea CD Drawer

 

Game Design Concepts

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!

Designing a game: Night FallDesigning a game: Night Fall

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”.

Southampton Coding Workshops

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.

To book a place on the workshop please email: hello@firstcoding.co.uk

Southampton Coding Workshop