In January, members from the Code Club UK and Ireland team set themselves the challenge to walk the distance from London to Delhi to virtually meet Code Club India colleagues, Vasu and Divya.
We have reached the halfway point, and it’s time to celebrate the amazing clubs we’ve caught up with along the way!
First stop, London: Over half of the London Underground runs above ground
Olivia is a Code Club leader at Peckham Library, and we asked her to share a highlight from the past year:
“This term, we have started to experiment with allowing some of the students to teach a session. It has been incredible to see the students, who are only 10 to 12 years old, take on ownership of the class, lead the session, and take questions from their peers.”
Second stop, Graz: The Austrian national flag is one of the oldest in the world
Whilst virtually walking through Graz, in Austria, we caught up with Günter Nimmerfall, who runs a Code Club at MS Schulzentrum Hall.
Gunter shares why Code Club suits his school:
“We are a secondary school with two focuses: languages (Italian) and STEM education. Code Club is perfect; it gives learners the chance to experience coding and creating (3D printing, 3D modelling).We love to show our learners how to code games.
It’s very nice to code some retro games like Flappy bird or racing games like the Boat race, which can be done at the learner’s pace.”
Third stop, Tuzla: The heart-shaped land of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Two boys, both named Haris, attend Code Clubs in the city of Tuzla, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the country is nicknamed the ‘Heart-Shaped Land’, we asked them to share why they love Code Club!
“I love Code Club because we all have the superpower to create and shape the present, and change the future. In our Code Club, not only do we learn how to code, but we also learn to think and cooperate with our fellow students.
Each one of us has certain talents and knowledge that we can use, and together as a team we reach solutions.”Haris, from Mejdan school in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“I love Code Club because I love to code and I love challenges, and each new project is a challenge for me. I love to work on projects since then my creativity, maths, and IT skills develop.
Coding gives me opportunities to make life easier through technology for every person.”Haris, from OŠ “Kreka” school in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fourth stop, Bulgaria: One of the oldest European countries, established in 681 AD
Alexander, Anton, and Victor are seventh graders who attend Code Club Bulgaria; they entered this year’s Coolest Projects showcase with their creation ASTEROIDS SE (ARCADE).
They were inspired by the arcade game Asteroids, which they said was “one of the most amazing video games in the early history of video games”. They created their remake in Scratch with a new design and functions — in their game, you can gain extra firepower by achieving different targets!
Josh Hellier, Global Community Coordinator, had a go at the game:
It was so much fun. They’ve done an amazing job of recreating this classic 1979 game! It’s clear they worked brilliantly as a team and supported each other in learning new skills to realise their vision. Well done!