The final half term Build and Play workshop took place today. All the groups have been amazing, but today’s class were super competitive. They got to build their own racing car games in Scratch before competing for prizes at the end.
Keep an eye out for First Coding’s Minecraft project in the papers. We’ve set everyone the challenge to build the whole of Salisbury in a virtual world and there will be more exciting news about future events with Wiltshire Creative happening soon.
A short video of the progress the children made back in December can be seen below. Well done to everyone involved.
First Coding is running another Python introductory course for 11 – 14 year olds who are confident around computers and would like to start developing their coding skills through this programming language.
Over the four weekly sessions, students will learn the important concepts of programming whilst working towards their own text-based adventure games. We will also cover how to host and distribute the games you make.
The course starts on Saturday 15th February between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and will run for four weeks. The cost is £80 per student and sessions are held at the First Coding offices here in Salisbury: http://www.firstcoding.co.uk/contact/
I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to talk at next month’s TEDx event here in Salisbury. I will be talking about ways to use code creatively whilst showcasing First Coding and a few of its projects. I have always wanted to say “Thank you for coming to my TED talk” and now I can!
There were so many great projects that came out of the Christmas Coding workshop last week. The children first started by building animated Christmas scenes before adding interactive crackers. Clicking on a cracker reveals a joke selected at random from a list of terrible jokes. You can sample some of the crackers and their jokes here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/354037013/.
We had a great turnout for our Minecraft Salisbury event to mark two years of the business. Although there is still a great deal to build on the map, here is a quick tour of what was achieved. First Coding would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who turned up to build their own little part of the city.
There will be more Minecraft Salisbury events in the New Year, however if your school would like to take part in this project then please get in touch. We have plans to take this event tour.
The project launch to bring parents and children together in an attempt to build the whole of Salisbury virtually in Minecraft is fast approaching and seeing as though so many great things have happened recently, I thought it would be good to summarise updates.
After the announcement online, the event was fully booked up in a matter of hours. I have never known anything I’ve organised to gather pace so quickly the way this event did. As a result, the posters I had made to help boost interest weren’t required. Due to its popularity, the event will be run again next year, so the posters won’t go to waste. Roll on Sunday 8th December!
The lovely people at Salisbury Cathedral have kindly sent through the plans for their building. Realising that the cathedral is the starting point of the project, it is hugely important that it is built it in the correct proportions and to scale. These plans will help enormously, thank you!
I’ve even connected with Microsoft and, well, came away with a badge and a whole bag of excitement. More to follow.
Television and Radio
The Salisbury Minecraft project was featured on TV and also radio. Out of the two, I think live radio was the scariest. You can listen to the breakfast broadcast here.