Three new coding clubs kick off this week. The pupils will be learning how to code their own text adventure games in Python. These games were a huge part of most people’s childhood and if you would like to learn more about them then I would recommend books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Here are my only surviving copies from the 80s and 90s.
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: http://www.firstcoding.co.uk/contact/
Another series of courses come to an end at Bishop Wordsworth School today. The introductory coding courses walked the pupils through developing their own games in Scratch before making the leap to Python. For their final project, they had to code in Python their very own fruit machine, calculating odds and probability to work out their winnings. I’ve been really impressed by the different ways in which the task was tackled.
They also leave with a number of guides to help them develop their skills further whilst also offering tips on how to publicise their creations.
As the summer holidays fast approach, First Coding is busy organising the workshops that will be held over the summer break. Whilst the dates are being finalised you can sample some of the projects that came out of last year’s Python workshops. Just click on the link: https://python.firstcoding.repl.run
Tomorrow sees the launch of the intermediate Python course at Bishop Wordsworth’s School. This is aimed at pupils who participated in the previous introductory courses and would like to develop their coding skills further. I’m very much looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces again as we get stuck into a couple challenging but creative coding projects.