Next week (March 3-9) the campaign the UK Hour of Code is launched. The aim is to send the message out that every student and classroom can learn how fun coding is in just one hour. As it’s timely the year of code, a group of influential people are backing the campaign, (that has also been a huge hit in the US). Baroness Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com founder) speaking on behalf of the campaign says … “Hour of code is fantastic. Yes, The uk needs many more technical skills but more than that learning to code can help unleash the next generation of creativity.”
Talking of clever people, recently we have been inspired reading about Sophia George the V&A Museums first ever appointed ‘game designer in residence’. Sophia (22) is a big gamer who studied a Games Art and Design degree at the Norwich University of the Arts, and achieved a distinction in Games Development (MProf) at Abertay University.
Codasign believe that digital technologies have the same creative potential as paint and canvas. Their workshops enable people with great ideas to use computers to express themselves and bring these ideas to life. We welcome people who want to make a noise, create something beautiful, or just learn a new skill. Whether teaching children or adults, we love working with open source tools like Processing, Arduino, Scratch and MaKey MaKey.
The workshop will start from the basics, teaching the kids how to design and draw backgrounds, a character and objects within the game. By the end of the workshop they will have one level completed, which they can carry on working on at home.
There are other workshops planned which will teach you to Create Your Own Night Light (see here), so keep the website bookmarked, and add your name to the mailing list to get yourself and your kids a fast track pass into becoming way more cool, interesting and remarkable than you already are.
Have a particular skill you’d like to learn or a project you’d like some help with? If you’d like to work with one of our instructors one-on-one, we offer private tuition for £30 an hour. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Codasign Workshop Location
The workshops are taking place in Finsbury Park at Furtherfield Commons, with a session for 6-9 year olds from 10am – 12pm and another for 9-12 year olds running from 1.30 to 4pm. For more details go to click here.
Other coding courses & Information
So far we have found the following, but we are new to this so please leave a comment if you know of more… we’d love to hear from you.
* Code Club : a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
* Young Rewired State : We introduce these children to like-minded peers at events around the world where they use freely available open data to make websites, apps and algorithms to solve real world challenges
* Scratch : With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community
* Hopscotch : Ipad coding for kids
* Crunchzilla : A code monster programme for kids
* Code Academy : Online website where you learn to code with online tutorials
* Girls who Code : A US based company campaigning to increase participation of girls in coding courses