Code Clubs share their highlights from 2019!

With 2019 coming to a close, we asked Star Clubs in the UK and clubs around the world to share their highlights from the past year.

Young boy working at a computer with Zoe from Code Club smiling looking over his shoulder at the screen he is working on.
Zoe from Code Club visiting a club in London

From robots to outer space! 

From having code run in space with Astro Pi, to showcasing great ideas at Coolest Projects, to creating a robot named Meriden, 2019 has proved to be an awesome year! We asked Lucia Manzitti, the Head of Code Club UK and Ireland, to share her highlight of 2019: 

For me, it was visiting the fantastic Burnside Primary School in Cramlington, where Shona and Joanne have been running the Code Club for 2.5 years. It was wonderful to see the children’s eyes sparkle when they showed me their digital creations! 

As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of the educators and volunteers, who do an amazing job inspiring the next generation of coders and digital makers. 

To celebrate another fantastic year, we asked educators and volunteers to share a story from their Code Club. Read on to find out their highlights of 2019! 

Coding can take you anywhere (even space)!

“The enthusiasm of our young coders and energy from our growing volunteer team saw Longlevens Code Club shoot for the stars. Aisha (8) and Ruban (10) launched a joint entry into the Astro Pi: Mission Zero challenge and saw their code run in space! 

The local radio station thought it was mission impossible, but an interview with the young coders proved that coders can! It was great publicity for the club, and we saw our club numbers increase. Go Longlevens Code Club, we are so proud of you!” Longlevens Code Club, UK

Celebrating successes is important!

“A highlight would be the celebration event to mark our Code Club being awarded Star Club status.

It was an awesome way for our hard work to be recognised; it shows how well we have built a community through Code Club, not just with the kids who attend and create and have fun, but also with their parents and guardians. It’s great to see groups of adults and children working together to experiment and tinker, and they all have that sense of belonging. The celebration is probably my favourite moment of my Code Club volunteering experience so far.” Leeds Library Code Club, UK

Image of a screen with a HTML project called the website of Jimmy
The website of Jimmy! A great project from a club member at Leeds Library Code Club.

There are lots of people who love to code!

“We joined as a Growth Leader 12 months ago and have established more than 50 Code Clubs in public schools across Malaysia. 

In November, we ran a Coolest Projects event in Penang to give the children an opportunity to showcase their great ideas. Over 110 children from across Malaysia showcased 54 projects. They talked to the judges and the public about their work. One even borrowed a fridge from their hotel to complete their project after the airline didn’t let them fly with it!” Penang Science Cluster, Growth Leader for Malaysia

It’s fun learning new skills! 

“Our Code Club members have enjoyed being creative with the sound feature in Scratch. One member used the sounds section to copy and paste different sound clips together. She made a sound collage and then wanted to play it to the volunteers. We were so pleased, we gave her a certificate for creativity!” Jubilee Crescent Library Code Club, UK

“This term, we were determined to try robots using the skills we had learned from Code Club projects. We have started to create our own robot, ‘Meriden Robot’! The students have been learning to program with Python and micro:bit with support from volunteers Jon and John. So far, the children have been working on stop/start, speed variation, circling, forward, and reverse.” Meriden Code Club, UK

A photograph of the Meriden robot being held in a gentleman's hand
Meet Meriden the robot!

Creating inspiring learning environments! 

“From being involved in the community since we launched our Code Club, we have learned so much from the kids, and from being leaders. We want to continue learning, and to keep offering kids a free, fun learning environment where they can feel like they can become anything they want.” Coding Doctors Kids Club, Miami, Florida

Two female Code Club leaders smiling  in blue T-shirts.
Leaders from the Coding Doctors Kids Club

“Our Code Club has been running for three years. Children come with their own ideas, and sometimes, projects that they have already started! Our volunteers help and support them in taking those ideas further, showing them how to fix bugs, solve problems, or explore other opportunities.” Cullompton Library Code Club, UK

Hear from Code Club members! 

We asked the children at Woodland Grange Code Club, UK, what their highlights of this term have been. Some talked about enjoying the sessions:

“I like making the projects. They take a long time and are quite tricky, but in the end, you can play the games and see what you’ve achieved.”

“I have fun and have learnt a lot.”

Some talked about what they have learnt:

“I like creating variables, which I can use in my own projects.”

“Code Club has helped me to understand Scratch.” 

And some talked about projects that they have enjoyed:

“I like Rock band because it’s musical.”

A gif of the Rock band animation - featuring a female singer on a stage wearing a pink dress.
Has your club had fun with Rock band?

What has your Code Club’s highlight been this year? Share it with us on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World and use the hashtag #MyCodeClub.

Announcing the winners of the ‘Shaun the Sheep: Mission to Space’ competition!

After seven weeks of coding and 683 b-a-a-a-a-a-rilliant entries from 35 different countries, we’re excited to announce the winners of the ‘Shaun the Sheep: Mission to Space’ competition!

Earlier this year, we joined forces with Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, to bring you the ‘Shaun the Sheep: Mission to Space’ competition.

The competition was open to all registered Code Clubs and the brief was simple: create a Scratch animation of Shaun and his new alien friend Lu-La using our starter project, then remix it to add your own story and code. 

A panel of judges from across the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Aardman Animations had the nearly impossible task of choosing 10 final winners from all of the incredible animations that we received. In fact, the task was so difficult that in the end, we had to choose 12 winning projects! 

Our winners came from Code Clubs from across the globe — from the UK, to France, Iraq, Israel, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia — and all demonstrated amazing creativity and coding skills. Congratulations to all of our winners for your fantastic submissions! We’ll be sending you your prizes very soon. 

Keep reading to find out about the young creators who made the winning entries, and make sure to take a look at their amazing Scratch projects! You can also head to the Shaun the Sheep YouTube channel to see a special highlight reel of our winners!

AliceCode Code Club, Israel

AliceCode Code Club submitted more than 40 entries to the competition, and we were so amazed at the quality that 3 winners were chosen from the club!

Nogah, aged 10

Judges loved how this project used the webcam to make the animation interactive. 

Ron, aged 11

This project made excellent use of backdrops and sound effects, and the judges loved the dialogue.

Alisa, aged 14

Alisa’s animation told a very clear story, and judges thought the movement of the characters between different places was really creative.  

Judges loved how Alisa’s animation moved through different locations

Steiner Academy Exeter Code Club, UK 

Audrey, aged 11 

The judges loved the storyline in Audrey’s animation, particularly the twist at the end!

The Mount School York Code Club, UK

Hannah, aged 8

Judges thought Hannah’s project was very joyful! They also thought that the way she recorded her own voice for the animation was really creative and unique. 

CodingDen Code Club, Sri Lanka 

Lithuli, aged 10

This project made amazing use of sound effects, and the judges loved how Lu-La addressed the audience directly. 

Judges loved how Lu-La spoke directly to the audience in Lithuli’s animation

Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation Code Club, Iraq

Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation was another Code Club with multiple winning entries! 

Rami, aged 10

This animation had great interactive elements, and the judges were also impressed with the use of sound effects. 

Ali, aged 10 

The judges loved the dramatic start, and how Ali used custom sprites for the rocket. 

Ali’s project used some very fun custom sprites!

Jardin du Code Code Club, France

Pierre aged 8, and Lilyrose, aged 9

The judges loved the small details, like the tiny jumping frog at the start of the animation.

Warwick Junior School Code Club, UK

Manas, aged 10

The judges loved how Manas made his project interactive by asking viewers to use keys to make actions happen. 

St. Christopher’s International Primary School Code Club, Malaysia

Cashel, aged 10

The text to speech impressed the judges, and there were lots of laughs when judging this entry. 

Worcester Park Library Code Club, UK

Burak, aged 9

The judges all commented on Burak’s running scenes and how they gave a great sense of action. Keep an eye out for Lu-La’s ears peeking out from behind a bush too!