BWS Summer Coding Competition

First Coding is very pleased to announce the first of many coding competitions this summer. Today we have launched the Bishop Wordworth’s School competition and it’s open to coding club members past and present. There will be Amazon voucher prizes for the person who can solve the maze in the quickest time, as well as rewards for best effort too.

The task is all based around mazes with pupils attempting to code their own maze solving program. There will be a couple of tuition sessions available in the coming weeks to help people get up to speed – this means that regardless of age or ability, everyone has a chance. Last year we ran a similar competition at the school and a beginner won the top prize, so please consider entering!

New School Clubs

New online school clubs started this week. Over the next six weeks we’ll be looking at clever ways to program in Scratch before making the transition to Python. For the groups who are more familiar with Python, we’ll be learning new game design concepts to include in our Python games before coding our HTML project portfolios.

With more groups starting this week, it’s going to be a creative couple of months!

We’ve Broken Your Software, Sir

I was recently interviewed by the nice people over at TeachPitch. They wanted to find out more about the projects behind my TED talk and discover how I engage my pupils in my workshops. You can read the full interview here.

“It also teaches the pupils how to test what they make. I teach them how to trace their tests using trace tables. Being able to test software and document the outcomes is a good skill in itself. I can see that look on their faces when they do find something wrong with what I’ve written, ‘We’ve broken your software, Sir.’”

How Can We Help?

This week our school groups will be moving online for the foreseeable future and we look forward to continuing the great work everyone has been doing. Unfortunately due to the nature of some of the other workshops, it just wouldn’t be feasible hosting them online and I just want to thank the children and parents for being so understanding during this time.

As a parent myself, I am finding all the offers of remote learning and digital resources in all topics a little overwhelming at the moment, so First Coding has been looking at other ways to help.

We have been lending out our laptops to allow families to continue their schooling remotely after the recent closure of schools.

With a little more time on their hands, our older students are offering to help Salisbury independent businesses with a variety of skills such as setting up ecommerce on shops’ websites to designing posters. We couldn’t be more prouder of them and what a great way to work on their portfolio.

Clubs and Guides

The coding club at Bishop Wordsworth’s School will be starting again in a few weeks, so parents be on the look out for club emails that are being sent. Every pupil will be getting a welcome pack full of tips and tricks to help any budding young game developer, including First Coding’s guide to coding, how to make money from your Scratch and Python games and tips on distributing your games and getting noticed.

First Coding, Coding Guides

Young Coders

A huge congratulations to all the Young Coders’ school groups that finished this week. It’s been such good fun over the last six weeks building platform and arcade games with you all. I hope the certificates you all received inspires you to keep creating over the Easter holidays!

Cipher Competition

Calling all budding spies! This half term at Leehurst Swan School we’ll be running the coding club as per usual. However, after towards the end of the sessions pupils will get the chance to enter their project into a competition to win prizes. The theme of the lessons is all based around ciphers, learning how to write programs that will encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

These sessions run for five weeks, starting this Thursday after school. There are still a few places available, so if you know of a pupil who would like to participate in this lessons and competition then drop us a line.