A sneak preview at what to expect from Code Club this September!

With the new term approaching, we ask Tamasin Greenough Graham, our new Head of Code Club, to share some details about the new Code Club resources and support available to you this September. 

A fresh set of club organiser resources! 

We’ve launched our brand-new digital Club Organiser Pack, which is bursting at the seams with seven new resources to support you this term! 

The club organisers’ guide is full of useful tips to help you feel confident running your club sessions. Have fun with the Code Club bingo card, and celebrate your #MyCodeClub success stories with our NEW educator cards and GIFs designed for your social accounts! 

If you are based in the UK, Ireland, US, or India, you can log in to your dashboard to download the pack. If you’re based somewhere else in the world, just head to our Code Club international website

Head to space from your classroom this term 

We are celebrating World Space Week (4–10 October) with a collection of space-themed projects to inspire your space-mad club members on the topic of space! 

There’s something for everyone, from new coders to the more experienced. Check back on our blog later this month to find out more.

Book a chat with us! 

Do you run a Code Club in the UK or Ireland and have any questions about getting back to Code Club this term? We are on hand to help! Our support help calendar has slots available throughout the week for you to book a video chat with a member of the friendly team.  

Run your code in space 

In September, join us to celebrate the launch of The European Astro Pi Challenge, an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

It offers young people the opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers on board the International Space Station (ISS).

There’s something extra special about this year’s challenge, so assemble your crew, and count down to blast off! 

Building your confidence 

Soon we will be launching new project path crib sheets to help build confidence around our projects. They will help you learn key coding terms and common sticking points, to get you Code Club ready to run your sessions. 

These crib sheets will launch in mid-September. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for the announcement! 

Join our Gender Balance in Computing programme

Starting a Code Club in England this term gives you the opportunity to join our world-leading Gender Balance in Computing research programme and help us understand what inspires young people to study computing at school! There’s no extra work involved and you’ll get your hands on 12 weeks of resources for your club as well as a FREE book Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman as our way of saying ‘thank you’! 

Sign up and join GBIC today!

We’re here to support you and your Code Club — no question is too small! The team can be contacted at support@codeclub.org. If you have a success story, we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! 

If you start in London and walk 6,073 miles east, where does it take you? The answer, Delhi!

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! 

The team on their walks
The virtual walking route!

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.”

Theo, a member from the club also registered his project Bookwriggle, a book recommendation website, in this year’s Coolest Projects showcase, and it was selected as a judge’s favourite! Go, Theo! 

Bookwiggle website designed by Theo

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! 

ASTEROIDS SE (ARCADE)

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! 

Celebrate your achievements with the Code Club team by sharing them on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World using the hashtag #MyCodeClub! 

Make Code Club part of your summer school plans! 

Code Club provides the ideal in-person enrichment activity for a summer school, providing fun projects to build skills and confidence around coding concepts, along with important well-being needs. It’s also a great way to form friendships and feel part of the school community.

We share three key essentials, plus a NEW Summer of Sport activity to make sure that your summer school Code Club is a success! 

Make it fun!

Code Club is a fun, informal learning space, where young learners have the opportunity to explore and get creative together with code! Learn what topics and programming languages your coders are interested in, then take a look at our free step-by-step projects where coders are introduced to key coding concepts. 

North Ayrshire Council run Code Club summer schools, this is what they had to say: 

Just go for it. It’s going to be super fun. I mean, who doesn’t love Scratch? Don’t make it formal, it’s not school, it will be loud and a lot of wondering about with the kids seeing what each other is getting up to. And you don’t have to be a coding expert, Code Club has loads of excellent resources. 

Looking for that first fun project to work on at your summer school? Then why not create some noise in Scratch with ‘Rock band’! Learners will explore how to use code to change a sprite’s costume, make a sprite react to an input, and add sounds! 

Head outside

We know that being active helps us to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Take your Code Club offline, head outside, and try these Raspberry Pi projects to explore coding concepts and computers! 

Computers in the real world: go for a walk and notice how technology interacts with everyday life. 

Pixel art unplugged project: club members learn how computers create and store images and how to use (x,y) coordinates. 

Compass coding: follow codes and compass directions to get back to camp!

Celebrate achievements 

Make time within each session for a show-and-tell, giving learners the opportunity to celebrate their projects and share their new skills together.

Celebrate everyone’s successes and download a Code Club certificate from your club’s dashboard. Think about sharing your achievements with the school community through a newsletter — young coders could even help write this! 

Could you use this great idea from North Ayrshire Council?

At the end of each day we encourage members to put a post on the wall about what they learned that day or what they most enjoyed.

On your marks, get set, go! 

To help you off the starting blocks for your summer school coding activities, dig out your tracksuits and participate in our Summer of Sport activity! We have handpicked six Scratch sport-themed projects, including a favourite ‘Beat the goalie’ to help you get started! Find out how your club can get involved.

Get in touch and let us know how you plan to use Code Club as part of your summer school activities. Remember to share your achievements with us on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World using the hashtag #MyCodeClub!