Whether your Code Club is just launching or has been running for a while, here are five ways for you to get your Code Club members excited about coding
1. Make Scratch Cat say hi!
Just starting out with new Code Club members? Christina from Code Club USA encourages you to begin with the basics:
“We often forget that the simplest things can inspire folks — start with the basics! Show your Code Club members how to make Scratch Cat say hi, and then have them change what the cat is saying and encourage them to try and make the cat do a dance.”
– Christina Foust, Club Program Manager, Code Club USA
2. Be ready, inspiration is contagious!
Make sure you are the first one to be inspired: join us at a FREE online webinar and make sure you’re #CodeClubReady! Talk to our team from across the world, ask your questions, and find out what support we’ve got for you.
- Find Code Club UK webinars on this web page
- Check out Code Club USA webinar dates in this blog post
- Join the next Code Club World webinar on 23 September,12.30pm BST
3. Send your code to space
How cool would it be to have your own code run aboard the International Space Station? Your Code Club members can do just that with the European Astro Pi Challenge!
The Astro Pi Challenge has launched with two missions.
- Mission Zero: With the help of a step-by-step guide, your Code Club members write a very simple Python program that will run on the International Space Station and show a message for the astronauts there! This mission is a great introduction to Python for learners who want to move on from Scratch.
- Mission Space Lab: participants design and write a program for a real scientific experiment that has the chance to run aboard the International Space Station. This mission has four phases and runs over eight months.
4. Encourage a show-and-tell
Hold a show-and-tell session to celebrate you club members’ achievements! You can even invite your club members’ friends and family and teach them about coding by having the club members showcase what they’ve been creating and learning. If your Code Club is registered on our website, download certificates from your dashboard to hand out to your members at the end of the show-and-tell to make it really special.
“A show-and-tell is a great place for your club members to share what they’ve learned and also talk about anything they found challenging. It leads to great discussions and encourages the other children to ask further questions.”
– Rohima Cooke, Code Club Regional Coordinator, South East
5. Build your own game
Who doesn’t love to play games at home? Inspire your learners to create and code their own games. With our free step-by-step projects for Scratch, Python, and Blender, children can easily learn how to make games. You never know, you may have the next Tim Sweeney, game developer of Fortnite, in your group!