Sharing skills is an important part of Code Club, and when Pontarddulais Primary School in Swansea, Wales got in touch to tell us about their Tea and Tech event, we had to share it with you!
Pontarddulais Primary School Code Club was recently awarded £2000, which the school’s PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) match-funded. The school invested this money into new computer equipment for its Code Club.
To show their thanks for the new computer equipment, the Code Club wanted to share their skills with the wider community.
The Year 6 club members decided that the perfect audience would be their grandparents, so they set up a Tea and Tech event and invited them to see what they had been learning at Code Club.
On the day, the Code Club showcased how their new equipment is helping them develop their coding skills. The club members encouraged their grandparents to get involved and have fun with the games that they had programmed in Scratch.
Guests started off with Ghostbusters, and club member Rhys invited everyone to have a play on a variety of Scratch projects that he had programmed, including Chatbot and Boat race. Meanwhile, Code Club member Logan helped guests to design their own sprite characters in Scratch.
“Thanks to the funding, we have been able to buy a broad range of exciting and inspiring equipment, which will help all of our pupils to develop their coding and problem-solving skills. Our event was about showcasing our equipment and sharing our love of coding with the wider community.”
– Jo Marshall, Code Club leader
Why not think about opening your Code Club doors once a term to run a Tea and Tech session? Not only is it a fantastic way for club members to showcase their learning, but it’s a fun way for family members to get involved. It allows them to try something new, but also helps them feel connected to their local community — you never know, you may even recruit some new volunteers!
“What a good idea! For someone like myself who is being dragged into the 21st century, this showed that technology is nothing to be afraid of. The whole event was innovative and fun — a good introduction to coding with no pressure. It was informative and interesting and well-presented by the children.”
-Mrs Ruth Isaac, guest at Tea and Tech
If you’re in the UK, USA or the Republic of Ireland head to codeclub.org to find out how you get involved with Code Club in your community. If you’re based in the rest of the world, visit codeclubworld.org to learn more.
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