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:
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:
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:
This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

Python School Groups

We continue this week with our popular Python school groups, looking at clever ways to code text-based Choose Your Own Adventure games. Already there are some great ideas forming and we look forward to seeing the results in a few weeks time. In the meantime, you can play one of First Coding’s adventure games where you must navigate a secret underground bunker, solving puzzles and looking for the source of the mysterious radio transmissions.

The game is called Number Station and you can play it online here:


Python Weather Recorder

Here at First Coding we love to see the projects that people work on after attending our workshops. Take this Year 9 python project for example. It’s a weather monitoring program that first lets you specify the location and the number of weather samples you wish to take, before logging the results in a spreadsheet. When all the samples have been taken and recorded, the spreadsheet then gets emailed to you automatically.

This is such a great idea and one that can be put to good use in so many helpful ways. Well done!

Python Programming Course

Python Introductory Course

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: