**Update – Code Club will start on Tuesday 1st May – I will let you know next week if you have a place **
I have had some ideas for the summer term and I think we will work independently on designing Micro:Bit challenges set by myself, Tim, Linda & Jon. They will involve crafty design as well as programming but you will need:
an interest in programming and computational thinking
a love of DT/ craft/ design
to be self-motivated and be able to work on your own or with a partner (equally though)
to be prepared to put effort in outside of school (evidence please)
to be a contributor to the Blog and to demonstrate that you have posted interesting comments on a school blog in the past
Please comment below if you’d like to join as we will have limited numbers due to messy work! Priority will go to interested year 6 children. I am not yet sure when Code Club will start this term, probably in May but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. It will be on Tuesday after school.
We don’t expect participants to spend weeks on their entry — we’re looking for creative, fun remixes, not for super complex programs which took half a term to complete.
Your club members can create as many entries as they like, and they are welcome to work individually or in small teams. However, you can only submit one entry per club.
2) Send us your project using the entry form Fill the entry form jumpto.cc/entryform with details of the project you are submitting.
3) Make sure the entry arrives before the deadline! The deadline is at 12 noon on Friday 23 March, and late entries will not be accepted.
What does the winner get?
The winning coder will win Code Club goodies for their whole club, including lanyards and T-shirts. We will also commission a unique Code Club illustration inspired by the winning entry, and send stickers featuring the illustration to the winning club!
We will announce the winning projects on our blog in the week commencing 9 April, and will email the winning club the same day.
Drop in and join South London Raspberry Jam for an afternoon of varied and fascinating workshops led by young coders and digital makers. Explore the Micro Bit and coding linked to robots and physical computing; wearables and neopixels; gaming and networking and the Internet of Things.
The workshops will be developed by young coders who will spend a day learning about new developements in coding and digital making with industry experts from the Microbit Foundation, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Github and Computers at School (CAS). They will then pass on their knowledge and skills to you through hands-on workshops and activities:
Build a WordPress page. Display your favourite artwork from the Tate’s collection; upload a one minute video clip and develop an ‘About me’ page
Today, Lego has announced a big partnership with a Chinese company to try and increase its worldwide sales. They want to create a safe online environment covering content, platforms, and experiences tailored for Chinese children.
“What we are looking for now … is just to find more creative ways… (of) reaching children, and creating bespoke content ….eg video games,” said the China Lego manager. The partnership includes developing a Lego video zone for children, as well as developing and operating Lego branded licensed games.
It also includes LEGO BOOST — a building and coding set that lets children turn their brick creations into moving objects — and will explore developing a joint social network for children in China.
So, here’s my question for you, because you are the stereotypical customer of Lego.
Is it not enough anymore for a company to sell a brilliant construction toy like Lego – do all toys need an online presence – videos, online games etc, in order to keep you interested? Is it necessary that they can programmed like our own robot?
If so, what’s the best thing you’ve found to use it for? What do you have connected to it? Lights, music, central heating thermostat, kettle, oven?
I bought a Google Home Mini and I love asking it to remember things for me. “Hey, Google. Remember I put my passport in the kitchen drawer”. Then, “Hey, Google. Where’s my passport?” If only I’d had it before I lost my favourite gloves…
I also bought one for my 93 year old friend who is blind and finds it difficult to walk. She loves it! It means she can ask it the time, the weather forecast, ask it to turn the radio on etc without looking for a clock, pressing buttons etc. What a lovely thing for a less-able person. Can you think of anything else she could use it for?
This week in Code Club we will be making our Micro:bits into Fireflies and creating an amazing, clever light show!
Read this link carefully and play the game (hint- turn on the nudge button half way down the page). It would be great if you could all come to Code Club having learned how Fireflies synchronise their lights – and understand what “synchronise” means!
And, thanks to Tim, here’s our own version of Fireflies – you were so good at debugging (there’s a joke there somewhere but I meant it sincerely..!)
Also see the really interesting video that Alazoa found in her comment on this post. Can you work out how this happens?
Tim has found this interesting video explaining the metronomes etc – there may be a couple of words you don’t understand (eg “entropy”) but don’t worry about them, you’ll follow the rest of it! Definitely worth watching.
Can you learn how to use the More Blocks function in Scratch?
Try to make a row of different coloured terraced houses in Scratch, your “perfect” code would include up to 4 Define/More Blocks. The result should look like this: (Thank you to Rowan at London CLC for this idea)
Harder challenge – can you add windows/ doors to your houses? Can they be filled with colour? I am amazed at how we all used such different code! Can you check other people’s code to see how you could make yours more efficient?