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.’”

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: http://www.firstcoding.co.uk/contact/

A Summer of Workshops

The summer workshops may not be over yet but I’m already so impressed with the standard of work being produced. Whether it’s the young coders who are giving Scratch a go for the first time or teens who are wanting to develop their Python more, along with building their own apps, your ideas and projects have been a great deal of fun. Keep up the great work.

Here are the titles from one of the games to come out of the app building workshop.

The Intermediate Python Course

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.

Online Teaching Resources

First Coding is very happy to reveal that after a summer of hard work our teaching resources are now online and available. Our resource packs are a subscription based online resource for primary and secondary school teachers as well as parents to aid in the teaching of computing within schools and the home. Not only does it provide teachers with classroom handouts, working project examples and PowerPoint presentations but subscribers have access to a monthly podcast of ideas for setting up coding clubs as well as a support forum and video seminars to help deliver great lessons.

First Coding Salisbury - Online Teaching Resources