Using code to inspire the next generation of climate leaders!

Our new Environmental Project Collection lands as the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (31 October–12 November) is taking place in Scotland.

Discover how Code Club can provide a perfect space to empower learners to explore environmental topics that are important to them.

Coding has the power to help us shape the world around us, and that includes the natural environment. As leaders from around the world meet to discuss climate change in Glasgow in October, the Code Club team have curated a selection of projects to help your club members use coding to explore their interest in the natural world. 

This collection is designed to encourage coding exploration and spark conversation within your classroom. There is something for coders at all levels, from beginners to the more experienced, to help them develop their skills and interests. 

Explore our Environmental Project Collection

Our environment-themed project collection is now live! All projects have easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions allowing both young coders and educators to learn together, develop skills, and achieve coding goals! 

Mosquito patrol is an ideal beginner Scratch project where your coders will protect people from malaria by making a parrot catch mosquitoes. 

For your confident coders, our Scratch game Save the sharks highlights the impact of plastic in the water and how it’s harming their natural ocean habitat. This game engages with two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Life Below Water and Responsible Consumption and Production.

If you’re based in the UK, the USA, India, or Ireland, head to your dashboard to download your copy. If you’re based outside of these countries, head to our Code Club International website and find the collection inside your Club Organiser Pack.

Host an environmental discussion in your club!

This project collection opens up the opportunity to discuss the environment and the many challenges facing our world with your club members. Some points for discussion could be:

  • Share the biggest challenges you think the natural world is facing.  
  • What can we all do to help the environment?
  • How can technology help solve an environmental problem?

Share your ideas and completed projects with the Code Club community on Twitter, using the hashtag #MyCodeClub

3…2…1… Blast off with Code Club for World Space Week!

Fuel your coders’ imagination and take part in World Space Week (4–10 October) — the largest annual space event in the world! 

Explore our space-themed projects, celebrate the women who have paved the way for space exploration, and learn how your club can send a message into space with the European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Zero.

Women in space 

From Margaret Hamilton’s code for NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969, to Wally Funk joining Blue Origin Crew on board the New Shepard rocket in July, women have been an integral part of space exploration for centuries. 

Here are three real roles models you can talk about in your classroom who have made an impact on space exploration: 

  1. Katherine Johnson, born in 1918, developed calculations that synched Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon orbiting Command and Service Module.
  2. Mary Jackson, born in 1921, was the first black female engineer for NASA. She worked to impact the hiring of the next generation of women at NASA. 
  3. Jessica Ulrika Meir, born in 1977, joined Christina Koch on 18 October 2019 for the first all-female spacewalk!

Let the exploration begin 

Our space-themed project collection includes eight projects to appeal to the space-loving coders in your club.

The collection features a brand-new beginner’s Scratch project called ‘Space talk’, where children learn how to add sprites and backdrops and are introduced to ‘look’ and ‘sound’ code blocks to make their sprite emote! 

Space talk

For your more confident coders, explore our Python project called ‘Where is the Space Station?‘. Learners use a web service to find out the current location of the International Space Station (ISS) and plot its location on a map.

If you’re based in the UK, the USA, India, or Ireland, head to your dashboard, ‘Resources’ and scroll down to the ‘Learning resources’ section to download your copy of our space-themed collection. 

If you’re based outside of the UK, the USA, India, or Ireland, head to our Code Club international website.

Space-themed project collection

Send a message to the International Space Station

Bring space exploration to your classroom by taking part in the European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Zero, an ESA Education project run by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. To enter, young people just need to write a simple Python program that will display a message on the International Space Station (ISS)! 

There’s something extra special about this year’s challenge! All Mission Zero participants will have the opportunity to vote for the names of the two new Astro Pi computers that are being sent to the International Space Station in December — how cool is that?

Find out if your club is eligible to take part in Mission Zero and how you can include a name choice in your submission with this handy project guide.

Our new project paths and European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Zero have easy to follow step-by-step instructions, allowing both young coders and educators to reach for the stars, learn together, and succeed!

Share your successes with us on Twitter using the hashtag #MyCodeClub

Young coders take the trophy in the Summer of Sport!

Back in June we asked young people around the world to code a fun Scratch project in the spirit of the 2021 sporting calendar!

In this blog post, the Code Club team shares a few projects from the amazing young coders who reached the Summer of Sport finish line.

Coding in the spirit of the Olympics

With the Euro 2020, Tour de France, Olympics, Paralympics, and many more pandemic-delayed events taking place this summer, sporting fever was everywhere. Physical exercise and being active are essential aspects of wellbeing — an important part of recovering from the impact of the pandemic. 

The Summer of Sport was shared as a fun holiday activity and a way to link coding with getting active, helping young people to connect code with their real-life hobbies and interests. All young coders were invited to participate, either coding from our list of suggested projects, or making something totally new in Scratch. The only requirement was that their final creation combined coding and being active.

Amazing projects 

Lots of clubs and young people coding from home accepted the challenge and we saw Summer of Sport entries fly in from Libya, to Iraq and Scotland. Here are just a few projects that we enjoyed! 

Darren, Code Club Programme Coordinator in Ireland, really loved this fun take on the ‘Beat the goalie’ project from Scratch user cottoncan.

“I really like the way you have made the goalkeeper’s arms move — they seem to mesmerise you and make you want to shoot at the goalie all the time!” 

Learning Coordinator Liz loved this project which shows two people riding unicorns through the countryside.  

“I love the costume editing and animation that Scratch user khtsb has used in this project. The scrolling ‘الكائن’ object makes the unicorns seem to move really quickly. Well done!” 

USA Club Program Coordinator Kevin had a great time playing this fun and creative game from Scratch coder wps-ALT. 

This is a super addictive baseball catching game that plays just like a quick reaction game, and I LOVE quick reaction games! This was a really smart idea!”  

What next?

You can check out all the amazing Summer of Sport entries and get inspired to make your own sporty projects by visiting our Scratch studio.

We’ll be sharing more exciting project collections that link real-world learning to coding soon! Stay tuned for our space-themed collection to support National Space Week (4–10 October), where we will share all sorts of out-of-this-world ideas for the space-mad coders at your club. We’ll be posting all the details here on our blog! 

Got a cool project from your Code Club to share with us? Share it with us on Twitter or Facebook.