The Minecraft Event of the Year

BUILD A MINECRAFT SALISBURY!

Be part of something spectacular. We’re looking for Minecrafters of all ages to help us with this challenge. If you want to be part of this project to recreate the cathedral, shops, parks, schools and houses, First Coding want to hear from you.

We’re still fine tuning the details (and mining for blocks), but we know it’s going to be fun, free and an enormous event. If this is something you’d like to know more of, sign up to our newsletter where we’ll be announcing the details as soon as we have them (don’t worry you can unsubscribe at any time and we definitely won’t be selling your details on to anyone!) Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/dgVLyT

Launchpad 4 Life

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.

 

Game Jams

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.

PLAY THE GAME HERE

 

 

 

Amazing Competitions

We’re running our competitions again! If you’re in one of the schools that hosts a First Coding computer club, be on the look out for our competition. Over the next couple of weeks pupils will have to code a maze solving (virtual) robot with the fastest times winning some fab prizes.

Free to enter and open to all pupils whether they’ve previously taken part in the clubs or not.

Challenges

As the school year comes to an end, I’ve noticed that the number of coding challenges starts to increase. I had the pleasure of submitting a project from one of our pupils to the Wild Card challenge of an event this month. This category is for basically any project that failed to meet the requirements of the other sections and to be honest, it has to be one of my favourite categories as creativity comes in many forms. The student’s entry was a ray caster generating a 3d world that the user navigates through the lens of a robot. I absolutely love the attention to detail, especially the robot’s blinking as it automatically explores its surroundings and the project was completely designed in Scratch!

One of the things I wanted to do this year was to attend more educational and coding events in an attempt to meet new people, learn about the latest ideas in these fields and to (hopefully) get on board with a number of projects that First Coding can assist with. More news will follow soon.

One craze I have noticed at these events is the increasing popularity of the laptop sticker. Whenever I chat with anyone I always end up coming away with a handful of stickers. I’m not complaining as both my demo laptops are decorated with the finest of decorative stickerage but I do have a huge collection of leftovers. If anybody would like a random selection sent to them, then please just drop First Coding a line at hello@firstcoding.co.uk.