New Code Club HTML projects with Trinket!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been busily working away to improve Code Club’s existing HTML & CSS curriculum! One of the key developments is the use of Trinket, a coding environment which allows children to create web pages online.

We hope that using Trinket will help to overcome some previous challenges facing children in our clubs, enabling them to easily build web pages without installing any software, or encountering any of the restrictions sometimes associated with programming on a locked-down school network.


Trinket also makes it possible for our Code Clubbers to share their creations, giving them an audience for their work, and helping them to see the relevance and importance of the things they’re creating. You can now preview our first three new HTML projects on our website, with lots more projects being created in time for the start of the new school year in September.

To help give you all a greater sense of how Trinket works, and the fab ideas behind it, we spoke to Elliott Hauser, the organization’s CEO, so he could tell us all about it…

Elliott Trinket

Hi Elliott! We’re so pleased that you created this awesome coding environment – we think it’s amazing! Could you tell us a bit about what exactly Trinket is, and how it works?

Hi and thanks for having me as an interviewee! I get to do interviews of lots of awesome educators for the trinket blog but this is the first time I can remember being subject of one.

Trinket is an in-browser coding environment designed for education –  a tool that lets you write, run, and share programs or websites.  These tools are one of the most fundamental things that can take a student from familiarity with code to the kind of confidence and excitement that will set them on the path to mastery.

There really aren’t great easy-to-use coding tools designed for the needs of teachers and learners, though, and so we took inspiration from projects like Scratch and built Trinket.  Whereas Scratch is a coding environment for block-based languages, at Trinket we support text-based languages.  We’re the next step, so to speak, for students who want to move on after starting with Scratch blocks.

What did you do before starting Trinket?

I was an Art History major as an undergraduate and was quite turned off by the one computer science course I took at that time.  It wasn’t until later in life that I forced myself to learn to code, mostly because I saw that all the neat things I was interested in required coding skills.

I went to graduate school for Information Science and had the opportunity to share my hard-won knowledge of programming with other students through a teaching fellowship.  I’ve always loved teaching but I discovered a true passion when I got to teach my own courses in programming.  I tried to help other students who had missed the ‘on-ramp’ to computing find their own understanding and excitement for it.  And many of my former students are now working in the tech industry, which is incredibly gratifying.

Do other organisations apart from Code Club use Trinket? Is it just used for learning HTML coding, or are there wider uses?

We’re very fortunate to have partners and classrooms using us around the world.  There are several large edX courses using us as their preferred editor.

We have two main Trinket types: one that supports all of the Web languages (HTML, CSS and Javascript) that lets students make their own websites, games, and illustrations, and one that supports Python.

Code Club’s new projects use the HTML Trinket.  We’ve had an amazing response to releasing it, but it’s still quite new. I think that Code Club’s projects are the deepest use of the HTML capabilities we have, so I’m very excited that they’ll soon be in participants’ hands… My favorite part of Trinket is seeing how teachers and students are using us to code in class.

If our volunteers are interested to learn more, how can they get in touch?

We’re on twitter as @trinketapp.  From within a free trinket account it’s always easy to get in touch with us- just use the question mark button and the message will come right into our messaging system and we’ll get back to you as soon as the time difference allows.  And, finally, if you have direct comments, questions or feedback, volunteers can feel free to email our team at or me personally at

We’re especially interested in talking with any schools in the UK who are interested in adopting trinket for their entire student bodies.  We’re piloting this with US schools now and would love feedback on some of the new features we’re building for organizations.

New Coordinators Join Our Team!

We’re excited to welcome four new coordinators to our team who will be working to support our clubs and grow our community in the UK.

Dan Powell will be stationed in the South East, Dan Elwick in London, Tim Wilson in the West Midlands and Phil Sharratt will be joining the South West.

Dan Powell

I’m Dan, the new coordinator for the South East for Code Club. I got a ZX81 for Christmas when I was 12 and started copying BASIC out of magazines and learning how to write my own basic code, imagine my amazement when I got an Acorn Electron a couple of years later (which I still have in my loft) and was able to play Elite. I trained as an artist and use Pure Data and Arduino as part of my practice, performing and organising shows in and around Brighton.

I also have a background as a fundraiser and have worked extensively with schools and supporting groups of volunteers. I’ve had a bee in my bonnet about kids and programming since my children started at school and I’m enjoying learning Scratch with my eldest daughter.

Drop me a line on or @codeclubse


I’m Dan, Code Club’s coordinator for London.

My background is working with volunteers in the charity sector. Over the last five years I have supported volunteers all over London and the South of England to deliver a wide range of activities, from organising public events about science to helping long-term unemployed people find jobs, so I know how much volunteers can achieve.

From what I’ve seen so far, Code Club generates the same level of excitement I remember from first playing Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid, while doing something far more constructive than completing levels in the fastest time possible, which can only be a brilliant thing in my opinion.

Please feel free to get in touch at or @codeclublondon


Hello one and all, I’m Tim and I’m the new coordinator and face for all things Code Club in the West Midlands region.

I am hugely excited to be working for such a fantastic organisation and ensuring that as many kids as possible can benefit from what we do.

I have spent much of my career to date in the broad creative, cultural, tech, digital and education sectors, including working on projects and programmes which showcase technology, social media and ideation whilst also bringing play, experimentation and much coffee drinking into the mix.

I am founder of Gallerycamp and Coffee Birmingham, co-organiser of Likemind Birmingham, a visiting lecturer and events organiser at Birmingham City University and a drummer for bands Under A Banner and Progoctopus.

I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch with me at or @codeclubwmids


Hi, my name is Phil and I am a new Code Club Coordinator in the South West, working alongside Seemah Burgess.

For the last 25 years I have been involved in delivery of projects to support business communities to grow so they employ more people, and for local communities to create more businesses as a way of tackling deprivation and poverty. I remember the first desktop computer I used was in 1988 in a government department. The screen was green and it had a simple word processing programme and a spreadsheet function, which was the primary purpose of the machine within the office. The other computer on my desk was the terminal of a mainframe that required a programme to be written to extract any information needed. That mandatory 3 day programming course was my first real contact with the world of computing – the desktop was simpler and much quicker!

I am looking forward to working with businesses and large employers in the South West to find volunteers to help run Code Clubs, to meeting all the fabulous people already involved, and seeing the benefit that Code Clubs bring to the thousands of young people we need to reach.

Contact me on

Code Club #ScratchDay activities

This Saturday is Scratch Day, when people all around the world come together to celebrate Scratch and the people who use Scratch.

As you probably know, here at Code Club we love Scratch – it’s the first tool we use in our projects, and most of our volunteers, Code Clubbers and parents are well aware of how awesome it is for making animations, games and all kind of creative projects.

We’re keen to join the Scratch Day party, and have created a brand new project – (starring Scratch the cat and some evil space junk!) which can be used in the classroom, Code Club or at home. Click here to check out the project.Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 11.05.04 In Manchester, we’re also taking part in some Scratch Day activities, as local Code Clubs will be heading to the National Football Museum to take part in some awesome football-themed coding workshops. T

here’s also a chance to have your Scratch games displayed at the museum – it just has to be footy themed and uploaded to – and if you made it in a Code Club, then be sure to note that down!

Scratch Day is all about sharing our enthusiasm and passion for Scratch, so be sure to tag us @CodeClub on Twitter & Facebook with any updates on your activities! You can also use #ScratchDay to join the conversation worldwide! For further information about Scratch Day, visit