The project launch to bring parents and children together in an attempt to build the whole of Salisbury virtually in Minecraft is fast approaching and seeing as though so many great things have happened recently, I thought it would be good to summarise updates.
After the announcement online, the event was fully booked up in a matter of hours. I have never known anything I’ve organised to gather pace so quickly the way this event did. As a result, the posters I had made to help boost interest weren’t required. Due to its popularity, the event will be run again next year, so the posters won’t go to waste. Roll on Sunday 8th December!
The lovely people at Salisbury Cathedral have kindly sent through the plans for their building. Realising that the cathedral is the starting point of the project, it is hugely important that it is built it in the correct proportions and to scale. These plans will help enormously, thank you!
I’ve even connected with Microsoft and, well, came away with a badge and a whole bag of excitement. More to follow.
Television and Radio
The Salisbury Minecraft project was featured on TV and also radio. Out of the two, I think live radio was the scariest. You can listen to the breakfast broadcast here.
Be part of something spectacular. We’re looking for Minecrafters of all ages to help us with this challenge. If you want to be part of this project to recreate the cathedral, shops, parks, schools and houses, First Coding want to hear from you.
We’re still fine tuning the details (and mining for blocks), but we know it’s going to be fun, free and an enormous event. If this is something you’d like to know more of, sign up to our newsletter where we’ll be announcing the details as soon as we have them (don’t worry you can unsubscribe at any time and we definitely won’t be selling your details on to anyone!) Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/dgVLyT
First Coding is always developing new ideas for app. Here’s one we recently published to the app store, it’s a simple variation on the Simon game from the 1980s. Titled The 4 Dots this game will test your memory and it’s free to download from the Play store for people to play. Just click here.
If you’re looking for a creative outlet, or need inspiration or help with a project you’re working on, then you might be interested to know that I’m starting a free monthly meet up for people young and old to show off any projects and discuss ideas. I’m calling it INVENT.
The presentation I give to KS2 children is all about how programming isn’t just restricted to the computer in your home, it can be applied in many other exciting areas.
To illustrate this, I talk to pupils about a small project of mine that allowed me to go on and meet Star Wars actors and other childhood heroes. People who create are always held back by the thought that their ideas aren’t good enough and I’ve seen this a great deal lately. Trust me, if my little idea that started out as a simple Scratch project sent me on a wonderful mini adventure, there is absolutely no reason why yours can’t too.
If you think a primary school would benefit from a visit and a talk from myself then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week saw The Old Fire Station here in Salisbury host another Digital Drinks event. Here digital curious people of all ages, abilities and interests get to meet up and discuss ideas over drinks. This was also the perfect venue to showcase First Coding’s courses that start in January.
As a way to draw people in I brought along the arcade cabinet that I made (the build process being detailed here) and loved talking to visitors to my table about providing the younger generations with the building blocks to create their own ideas using Raspberry Pis.
I was also fortunate enough to attend the talk given by Jeremy Heath-Smith, executive producer of the Tomb Raider games and found his account of his ups and downs in the gaming industry to be very honest and incredibly inspiring.