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! 

Kick off your code with the Summer of Sport!

Over the next few months, we’re inviting young people across the world to embrace the spirit of the sporting calendar and get coding with some activity-themed projects over the holidays. Find out how your club members can get active with code this summer! 

With the Olympics, Paralympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France, and plenty more sporting events taking place this summer, there’s lots of inspiration to get moving over the coming months. 

We know that sport can be a great way to keep active and have fun, so we’re asking your Code Club members to put on their tracksuits, stand at the start line, and join us for a FUN sport-themed summer!  

The Summer of Sport is open to all young people around the world. So whether you want to share it with your Code Club, your whole school, or with friends and family, make sure you get involved!

On your marks!

We have six Scratch project ideas for your young coders to try at home or as part of your club’s coding sessions. Coders can complete any number of these projects as part of the Summer of Sport. They can also have a go at creating something original with any of the Scratch projects available on our website

When their sporty projects are finished, coders can send in their finished creations to our Scratch studio, where they’ll be able to see projects from other participants from around the world! 

Get set!

First, young coders need to choose a sports-themed project. Here is our hand-picked project selection for inspiration. 

Beat the goalie: in this project coders can create a sports league of their own by coding a two-player football (soccer) game and trying to score as many goals as they can in 30 seconds. 

Sprint: in this project young people can test their speed to create their own sprint game, then use the left and right arrow keys to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. 

Scratch Cat goes skiing: take to the slopes with this fun skiing game, in which players need to help Scratch Cat to avoid randomly appearing obstacles to score points.

Synchronised swimming: cool off in the pool with this project. Young people learn how to code a synchronised swimming routine by using loops and creating clones.

Chatbot: we want young people to use a chatbot to tell us about their favourite sport, a sporting event that’s happening this year, or to share their favourite memories of getting active. 

Relax and stretch: it’s important to keep yourself moving, flexible, and alert by doing regular and relaxing exercises, especially when you’re sitting down. Young coders can ‘cool down’ with this project by creating a program to demonstrate some mindful, relaxing exercises.

Go!

Before your young coders get started, there are a few key things to remember: 

  • Creativity is encouraged! We’d love to see how young people can adapt and build on our sporty projects.
  • Don’t forget to tell your young coders to share their finished projects to our Scratch studio, so we can give their projects some love and celebrate what they make!
  • Each young person can download a participation certificate to celebrate taking part. 
  • Share your Summer of Sport projects with us by the end of August!

If you decide to send these activities home, we’ve made a flyer to help parents and guardians support their young people to take part. 

You can also watch our recent livestream, where we coded our Beat the Goalie project, celebrated some of the awesome entries we’ve received so far, and shared more about how you can take part in the Summer of Sport!

Check out Summer of Sport updates and celebrate your projects with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MyCodeClub. Got a question? Drop our friendly support team an email on support@codeclub.org

Amazing #MyCodeClub moments from 2020

We asked educators, volunteers, young coders, and the Code Club team across the world to share their #MyCodeClub moments from 2020, to mark the incredible work that has taken place during this unprecedented year. 

Loving their coding lesson

St Patrick’s Primary School based in Troon, Scotland shared their #MyCodeClub moment on Twitter:

Fifty children coding in one session

Vasu, Club Programme Coordinator in India, remembers a highlight from the year:

Coding from home 

Liz, a parent of a Code Club member, shared her gratitude towards volunteers who moved their sessions online in 2020:

“A highlight for me was sitting at home with my son and coding along to the Code Club videos created by Wirral Libraries volunteers and Code Club members. Living 40 miles away from the library, it’s not a club we could have attended without the move online. We’re so grateful they took the time to create the YouTube videos.” 

Empowering #RealRoleModels 

Ali, who coordinates Coding for Kids in Iraq, shared a recent #MyCodeClub moment with us on Twitter

The sheer joy! 

Matt from RGS The Grange in Worcester shared his #MyCodeClub moment:

“One moment is restarting our club and welcoming all of our fabulous students back at the start of this academic year! The energy in the room was like nothing I’ve ever experienced — just the sheer joy of collaborative projects, risk-taking, and so much fun!

Life is too short — live for the moment! Immerse your students and watch them grow!”

Hearing your great coding ideas

We spoke to Kat Leadbetter, Code Club Global Programme Coordinator, and asked her to share a personal highlight from 2020: 

“A highlight for me was connecting to the community through co-hosting a series of community calls. We’ve run sessions on a variety of topics, from best practice for online sessions to developing your skills in Scratch. We were able to share amazing examples from clubs and volunteers around the world, support you with your questions, and hear your great coding ideas!

Seeing my friend at Code Club!

We asked young coder Ed to share his best coding moment from 2020:  

Missing the great moments

Like many of us, Yakub in India is missing the great coding moments from the start of 2020. We hope your club will be able to meet again safely soon! 

Share your Code Club moments from 2020 with us on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World and use the hashtag #MyCodeClub.