Three reasons to take part in Moonhack 2021!

Code Club Australia are the masterminds behind Moonhack, the much loved global event that brings children together to code on the theme of ‘planet-saving solutions’! 

We share three reasons why your Code Club should join this year’s Moonhack, which takes place between 24 and 30 May.   

1. Learn alongside young coder Clayton

Australian coder Clayton (aged 8) is excited for people to join him on Moonhack to learn about the Gomeroi people of Australia through the Scratch project ‘Dhinawan in the sky’ and the story of the Dark Emu. 

Clayton (8) shares why he is looking forward to taking part in Moonhack

The story of the Dark Emu has been passed down within Australian Aboriginal communities, who are the world’s oldest astronomers. Tess Reading from Code Club Australia explains more about the importance of the Dhinawan story. 

Scratch project ‘Dhinawan in the sky’

2. A great way to get started with code

Nicola Curnow, Program Manager for Code Club Australia, shares why Code Clubs from across the globe should get involved in Moonhack 2021! 

“Moonhack is a great way to get started on, or continue, your coding journey! It’s fun, free, and easy to code your own planet-saving solutions.”

A young male coder is sat at a desk looking at a laptop.  A female educator is standing in the background

3. Fun, educational projects!

The Moonhack projects are educational and encourage young people to think about the world around them. 

The Code Club team in the UK are interested to learn from the ‘Nature returns’ project, which was created in the wake of the severe Australian bushfires of 2020. The project helps coders to understand bush regeneration after a bushfire and learn how Indigenous Australian cultures have used fire to manage land areas for centuries. 

Scratch project ‘Nature returns’

How can my Code Club take part? 

Step one: register your Code Club on Moonhack.com.

Step two: if your club is running online or in person, choose a date between 24 and 30 May to code your Moonhack projects. 

That’s it! Your club is now set to have fun and join thousands of other curious coders from across the world to code planet-saving solutions!  

Celebrate your code

Make sure you share your coding achievements with Code Club Australia on Twitter using the hashtag #Moonhack. 

Our Code Club global tour — find out what we learned!

Over the last year, our global Code Club team has missed being able to make in-person club visits. Seeing our clubs’ creativity, enthusiasm, and love of coding first-hand is a massive inspiration to us.

This year, the team decided to take a tour of the world to visit clubs online, and in some countries in person, to see how everyone is getting on. Here are a few highlights!

First stop…the USA!

Kevin, our Club Program Coordinator for North America, joined educator David Slavin at his online club session at Pajaro Valley Virtual Academy, in California.  

The club members he met were enthusiastic, polite, and keen to share their ideas. They were also excited to learn more about how they could share their coding creations as part of Coolest Projects.

Kevin reflected on his visit:  

“I can’t imagine how difficult it has been for educators and learners to have had to transition to online learning so abruptly, but to see these students bursting with curiosity was inspiring!” 

Let’s head Down Under!

Nicola Curnow, Program Manager for Code Club Australia, has been able to resume in-person club visits and joined Ferntree Gully Club in Melbourne. This club thought about what they have learnt at Code Club and decided to build a school newsletter using their HTML knowledge! 

“When I visited they were working on formatting and editing the newsletter. The teachers and volunteers did an amazing job working together to build the newsletter for their community.”

Approximately 4800 miles away in India…

Vasu, our Club Programme Coordinator in India, had the exciting opportunity to go online to see a hybrid club at Core Programmers Academy in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. In the session, some children took part in the classroom, while others joined online from their homes.

Vasu enjoyed seeing the club in action and the leader had planned the session perfectly to help the young coders interact and learn alongside each other.

Vasu said:  

 “It’s great to see that the Code Club India community is working so hard to continuously stay updated with different models of learning in this ever-changing new world!” 

Vasu joining the Core Programmers Academy from her home

Meanwhile, in the UK

Zoe, Programme Coordinator for Code Club UK & Ireland, popped online to visit Rugby Library in Warwickshire, where their creative coders were enjoying launching into space with Astro Pi Mission Zero and racing to the finish line of Scratch module one with Boat race!

“It was wonderful to see the kids working independently through the projects and feeling confident to ask for help. I had so much fun and loved when Hazq showed me his super cool Boat race project!”  

The Scratch game Boat race

What we learned 

What shone brightly throughout these visits, is how well everyone has adapted during these challenging times. The resilience of the Code Club community has been nothing short of inspirational.

There may be less noise in an online session, but the fun learning environment where coders can continue to explore and be creative, is still very much alive! 

Visit my club

You can get in touch to invite us to visit your online club. We would love to see and celebrate your amazing achievements, so please share them with us on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World using the hashtag #MyCodeClub! 

Club leaders’ quick-fire guide to Coolest Projects!

Coolest Projects online is just around the corner and there’s still time for your Code Club members to go on an adventure with code and share their COOL ideas with the world! 

We want to make sure you have all the support you need to help your coders make their ideas a reality! To help, we called in our friends to share their advice, from getting started with an idea, to testing and reviewing a finished creation. 

Let’s break it down  

Members in your Code Club have developed a super COOL idea, and now they’re ready to start to bring them to life. Raspberry Pi Senior Learning Manager, Allen Heard, shares his advice to help coders break down their idea and get started! 

Test and test again 

Testing your project is a vital step in the coding process. Rohima Crook, Programme Manager for Code Club, talks through ideas to support your curious-coders to test their projects. She encourages members to collaborate with friends and family and to gather feedback on their project. 

There’s a bug in my code! 

During your coders’ testing phase, they may come across a bug! Mark Calleja, Youth Programmes Manager, is here to help your coders use their problem-solving skills to find and fix bugs in their programs.  

Code Club has a helpful debugging poster to guide coders through the different steps. If you’re based in the UK, the USA, or Ireland, head to your dashboard to download. For the rest of the world, you can access the resource via our Code Club international website

Time to review 

Stepping back and reviewing your projects is an important detail in taking part in Coolest Projects. Kevin Johnson, North America Program Coordinator, shares his helpful suggestions on the different ways you can support coders to review their project and ensure it meets their initial design brief.

Alongside these bitesize tips, the Coolest Projects team have a host of FREE resources you can use to help your club members take part in this global showcase

Join the global showcase

We’ve seen 39 countries register their COOL ideas for this year’s Coolest Projects online showcase. Young creators have until 3 May to submit their creations and if you need further support, check out the FAQs or send an email to hello@coolestprojects.org