The coding club at Bishop Wordsworth’s School will be starting again in a few weeks, so parents be on the look out for club emails that are being sent. Every pupil will be getting a welcome pack full of tips and tricks to help any budding young game developer, including First Coding’s guide to coding, how to make money from your Scratch and Python games and tips on distributing your games and getting noticed.
Use handy game design guides to build your own games.
Help your child bring their ideas to life.
First Coding resources deliver creative and fun coding activities for ages 8 and above plus helpful guides and podcasts including game design tips, hacking Minecraft and making money from your creations.
This week kicked off the creative coding workshops hosted by First Coding as part of Launchpad 4 Life’s summer activities. Launchpad’s mission is to provide school leavers and young adults with essential support to develop personal qualities, skills and confidence in preparation for their next steps in life. Please do take a look at their website here.
The summer workshops may not be over yet but I’m already so impressed with the standard of work being produced. Whether it’s the young coders who are giving Scratch a go for the first time or teens who are wanting to develop their Python more, along with building their own apps, your ideas and projects have been a great deal of fun. Keep up the great work.
Here are the titles from one of the games to come out of the app building workshop.
The original coding guide that First Coding put together and distributed was looking a little tired after nearly two years. We’ve since updated the guide to give it a refreshing new look as well as making it more relevant to the content we’re currently teaching. You can download a pdf copy of it here.
Weekly game jams such as the one held over at WeeklyGameJam are a great way of getting inspired and experimenting with new game design ideas. It’s also a great way to meet and interact with a community of people who share the same passion for games and coding as you do.
I decided to take my own advice this time and took part in the Can’t Touch It! theme where you have to build a game within a week that fits with the week’s chosen topic. After brainstorming a couple of ideas I got to work building a prototype in Scratch, then I worked on polishing it once I was happy the game mechanics were working. I’ve seen the most fantastic games that were built within a day, mine titled Circles was built in two days. I’ve detailed the process I followed over on my personal blog here.
The idea of the game is to continuously contain the smaller moving circle with the ever decreasing perimeter.
This summer’s app building workshops will involve making a simple pirate game. The aim is to defend your island from random boats trying to invade. As the game progresses, the boats increase in number and speed. Here it is running on the Kindle Fire.
As I’ve been coding all day I decided to take time out to answer a few questions. I am very fortunate to have been able to turn a hobby into a business and as my business, First Coding approaches the two year mark, I discuss what inspires me as well as offer tips for people who want to start out.
Our new creative space (which is only a short walk from the Old Fire Station) will play host to our coding classes and training sessions as well as other fun and exciting events, starting on the 1st August.
Our new address will be: Cheviot House, 69-73 Castle Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SP and First Coding looks forward to seeing you there from next month.