In February we met educator Jacob from Penpol School in Cornwall. He volunteered to join the Code Club panel as part of the Raspberry Pi educator sessions hosted in London.
After the event, we caught up with Jacob and asked if he would contribute to our blog and share his experiences of running a fun and engaging Code Club.
Say hello to Jacob
Jacob has been running his Code Club at Penpol School in Cornwall for over three years. He has a wealth of knowledge on running a Code Club. Let’s find out what his three tips are to running a fun and engaging club!
1. Have fun!
Have fun with it. Running a Code Club is a fantastic chance to engage with students and children in a different way, everyone has come together to have fun and explore ideas with each other. The children have chosen to attend Code Club so they are already excited about the idea — take this energy and run with it!
2. It isn’t a lesson
Remember, it isn’t a ‘lesson’. This isn’t like a computing lesson in school, there is no set goal, no endpoint, no ‘finished!’ moment. Instead, children are encouraged to explore projects, take them in any direction they wish and discover new ideas and issues along the way.
These moments provide excellent learning opportunities for both the children and yourself as they are real-world issues that they have encountered and want to explore, not scenarios you have planned in advance.
3. Embrace the dancing ice creams!
Let the children lead the way. If they want to explore a certain set of resources, let them. If they want to change a project halfway through to incorporate a set of dancing ice creams, let them. They are learning, exploring, and problem-solving — whether in a structured or unstructured way.
Don’t be afraid to let them take the lead and follow where they want to go.
You can follow Jacob’s adventures with code on Twitter, start a conversation, and share your Code Club experiences!