Summer Holiday Workshops

The summer holidays are nearly here, which can only mean that it’s the return of the First Coding holiday workshops!

All hosted via Zoom, the workshops promise to help inspire and develop young coders’ skill set through interactive and fun sessions.

Scratch Workshop

This is a summer Scratch workshop with a difference and is suitable for 10 to 14 year olds. Do you know how to program in Scratch and would like to develop your skills further? Then this is the workshop for you, learn how to create interesting elements to your games such as points systems, enemy AI and even how to add gravity to your characters to achieve more realistic gameplay.

Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £20
To book: hello@firstcoding.co.uk
This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

Python Workshop

We will be running the popular Ciphers and Secret Messages Python workshop. Aimed at 12 to 15 years olds, this 2 hour workshop will teach you about the history of ciphers and codes whilst learning how to write your own encoder and decoder program in Python.

Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £20
To book: hello@firstcoding.co.uk
This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

App Building Workshop

Does your teen have a great idea for an app, but doesn’t know where to start? This is an introductory workshop for people to learn how to develop apps for Android devices. In this two hour workshop you will learn just how easy it is to get creating apps for your phone or tablet? Do you have an Android phone or maybe an old Kindle Fire lying around that needs new life breathing into it? Then this is the ideal workshop. Suitable for 12-16 year olds who are confident with computers.

Date: Tuesday 17th August 2021 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £20
To book: hello@firstcoding.co.uk
This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

Be Successful Learning Scratch

Scratch gets a bad press with its colourful blocks and cartoon sprites, people automatically assume that it’s intended for just primary school learners, when it so isn’t. There is so much to learn and achieve through the platform. So to prove a point, First Coding entered a game built using Scratch into a game dev competition. Pitched against other game developers who were using the likes of Unity and other engines to build their creations, despite feeling like a little fish in a big pond, this little Scratch game came third overall!

Here were some of the comments the game received from other developers:

The voting period was kept open for a week after the competition had finished, giving people plenty of time to play all the games that had been entered. The final result for our entry was as follows:

App Building Competition

Children who have previously attended our Android App Building workshops may be pleased to hear that the team over at App Inventor (the platform we use to build our apps) will shortly be running their Appathon 2021 app building competition for all ages.

The theme of the competition is to design and make an app that helps someone in need or makes a difference to the community. I know from running these workshops that pupils have a great imagination and I have no doubt they could come up with some creative ideas for this contest.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might, the link to the competition is here: https://appathon.appinventor.mit.edu . Registration opens on the 1st of June with the competition running between the 18th and 31st June.

Good Luck!

Exciting News

It has been a busy time for First Coding with our GCSE Computer Science tuition sessions proving popular but we’re also going to be involved in a number of really exciting projects in and around Salisbury.

There are plans to get involved with a local creative hub based in the city, as well as collaborations with local independent business and more exciting school clubs to come. In the meantime, it would be nice also post about inspirational projects, so I’m kicking things off with my TED talk about the benefits of creative coding from last year.

 

You can be an Award Winning Game Designer

Game designers assemble! You could be an award winner game designer.

This is First Coding’s most exciting workshop yet! Join our 6 week game design workshop and build a game to enter into next year’s prestigious BAFTA Young Game Designer Awards. The sessions will help you refine your ideas, getting them ready for submission to the Design Awards.

To join in, you should be familiar with Scratch, between 11 & 15 years old and have bucket loads of enthusiasm.

Starting Saturday 23rd January 2pm – 3pm
£120 per pupil | Bookings: hello@firstcoding.co.uk

BAFTA’s full terms and conditions can be found here: http://ygd.bafta.org/sites/default/files/uploads/YGDTermsandConditions2020-2021.pdf

Coding Projects on the Radio

Listeners to BBC Radio Wiltshire will be able to hear all about some of the great projects coming out of First Coding tomorrow morning. Hopefully the projects featured will demonstrate that even the most simplest of ideas can often be the most fun and creative. The game design idea that is being launched shortly is also revealed as we plan for a creative Christmas. I’ve been told the interview will be aired on the Breakfast Show tomorrow morning. The link will also be posted when it’s made available.