The third session of the monthly coding club at Salisbury library took place yesterday and it proved a great deal of fun. First Coding taught the children how to make their own games and hopefully left them with ideas and an interest to keep coding throughout the rest of the Easter holidays. It was nice to involve some of the parents too.
It’s been another fun day training a young team of coders in the art of making the classic game of Asteroids. I loved seeing all the different ideas for their games, especially the war, food and animal themed versions. Please keep working on your great games over the Easter holidays and if you get stuck, please just drop me a line.
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!
After learning that one of our young pupils recently bought some chickens for her garden, we set about designing a web page to advertise the eggs she was going to sell. The nice thing about Scratch 3 is that you can embed your projects really easily and this is exactly what we did here.
By designing an interactive Scratch project to introduce everyone to her new pets, Elsie was able to embed it into her website. You can see the finished result here.
It’s been back to back workshops this half term. For all the younger coders I hand out little certificates for a job well done. Some of the games that are being built are really impressive.
** NEW FOR 2019 – NOW INCLUDES LEARNING TO CODE WITH MINECRAFT **
First Coding will be running its popular Young Coders’ course once again! Ideal for children aged between 7 and 10 years with an interest in computers and games, pupils will learn how to create colourful and amusing animations and build fun interactive programs, all whilst learning important concepts and gaining confidence in computer programming via the popular game of Minecraft and through the visual language of Scratch.
The cost of the course is £75 and starts on Saturday 2nd February between 2pm-3pm, running for four weeks.
For more information regarding the course, please check out the website: http://
As well as converting Scratch projects into standalone programs (see previous post), did you know that you can also take any Scratch project and turn it into an app for Android? We’ve written an easy to follow guide that walks you through the process of producing standalone executables and Android apps and it’s available via our subscription package.
The video below is of the rotating globe that was built in Scratch and was used to advertise one of the retro gaming workshops earlier this year. This Scratch project was packaged up as an app and installed on various Android devices to demonstrate what could be done.
Whilst trying out Scratch 3, pupils have been giving their chatbots a voice. The responses are random to give the chatbots a bit of character. We’re going to look at ways to incorporate the Microbit next.
Our creative coding workshops are coming to the Southampton area this October! First Coding will be running our popular Scratch game building workshop on Saturday 27th October at The Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH.
A task will be set (based around a treasure hunting problem) and with guidance and help, pupils will build their solutions before going head-to-head at the end of the session to win a prize.
To book a place on the workshop please email: firstname.lastname@example.org