This week kicked off the creative coding workshops hosted by First Coding as part of Launchpad 4 Life’s summer activities. Launchpad’s mission is to provide school leavers and young adults with essential support to develop personal qualities, skills and confidence in preparation for their next steps in life. Please do take a look at their website here.
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.
First Coding is very pleased to announce that we’ll be providing creative coding workshops as part of Launchpad 4 Life‘s summer activities. Launchpad’s mission is to provide school leavers and young adults with essential support to develop personal qualities, skills and confidence in preparation for their next steps in life.
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.
This week saw the launch of another computer club at Leehurst Swan school. This half term focuses on game making, paying close attention to character animation, level design and scoring systems with the aim of providing pupils with enough knowledge to make their own games over Christmas.
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
As part of the teaching resource subscription package, I’ve started a series of podcasts covering a multitude of topics designed to help teachers and educators. As a little taster, here is the introductory episode for you to listen to.
Episode One: You don’t need to be an expert to run successful coding lessons.
Jez Whitworth, the co-founder of First Coding introduces himself and talks about how with his background in training and software development, identified a real need to teach coding to the younger generations. He also offers tips on how people who have little or no experience in teaching coding can become computer coding educators like himself and appeals for ideas on how best to encourage more girls to take up the subject.
The first of the summer holiday workshops have now been confirmed. If your son or daughter would like a challenge over the summer, or would like a taster of the things we do with our creative coding courses then why not come along to one of our fun workshops.