Take time out and try the NEW ‘Look after yourself’ Scratch module!

Last month, a brand-new Scratch module was launched called ‘Look after yourself’.

This module has six projects based on wellbeing, which will get children making digital games, interactive animations, and apps!

Let’s try the projects! 

Our colleagues at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been trying the projects. Find out how they got on: 

Relax and stretch is based on an exercise routine project that I worked on with my 11-year-old son during the lockdown. We tried a few exercise apps and videos but none of them did exactly what he wanted so he decided to write his own. That’s the great thing about being able to code: you can make stuff that’s useful to you.”

Tracy Gardner, Content and Curriculum Manager 

Relax and stretch

“My daughter developed a love of puzzles during the summer, so when we came across Focus on the prize, naturally, she couldn’t wait to try it out. We’ve had great fun in both doing the project and challenging members of the family to complete the challenge.”

Darren Bayliss, Programme Coordinator, Code Club Ireland

“Being 9 years old can be hard, so when my son was feeling a bit ‘funny’ about life, we opened the laptop and tried out the Butterfly garden project. It was the perfect distraction and he had such fun making it. I loved that he was worried about the butterflies flying all the time so extended the project by coding some rest breaks. Apparently, ‘it is important to take breaks’!”  

Lorna Gibson, Programme Manager, Code Club 

Butterfly garden

“I recently moved and now live far away from any woods or hiking. I love the Serene scene project because I can code what I miss most about the outdoors: trees, animals, and forest sounds! I can even add rain sounds, which always helps me to relax. I think for my next scene, I’ll have to add some snow :)” 

Christina Foust, Club Programs Manager, USA

A new certificate 

To celebrate this module, we have designed a new ‘Look after yourself’ certificate to recognise children’s achievements.

If you’re based in the UK, the USA, or Ireland, head to your dashboard to download your copy of the ‘Look after yourself’ certificate. 

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

Digital Making at Home

The Digital Making at Home team has created a fun range of videos to support young coders to follow this module. If you like, you could use these videos in your online sessions, or send them out as remote activities.

Tell us how you get on with the new module and share your finished projects with us on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World and use the hashtag #MyCodeClub.

The best thing about Code Club is you!

Roses are red, violets are blue, we really love Code Club, and we hope you do too!

Read on and find out why kids love attending Code Club and try our heart-themed projects this Valentine’s Day!  

The best thing about Code Club is you!

Young members from Star Clubs at RGS the Grange in Worcestershire, Cully Coders in Devon, Meriden Code Club in Coventry, and Wormit Primary school in Scotland, wrote to us to say why they love attending Code Club — it made us blush and warmed our hearts!

“You can take on fun and challenging projects which get your mind thinking”

“I love coding because you can make whatever is in your mind”

“The leaders help us if we are stuck and they are there for us if we need them!”

“I love coding and it is really fun”

 “The best thing about Tuesday”

“I can learn to create my own projects and it’s great fun to learn!”

“You can be creative and add lots of your own ideas to the challenges”

Your code brightens our day

Send a secret Valentine’s Day letter to a loved one with our mystery letter project. 

In this project, children will learn how to use multiple CSS classes to style text and find out how to use background images and free Google Fonts.

Here are messages from Regional Coordinator Liz, and International Programme Coordinator Kat.

Alternatively, you might like to test your skills by remixing our Happy Birthday project! Design a Valentine’s Day card for your pet, grandparent, or your secret crush.

Express your love with Scratch 

Everyone needs a little inspiration when writing a poem for a loved one. Our Scratch poetry generator can help, along with teaching you about variables, lists, and repeat blocks. 

Have a look at Regional Coordinator Rohima’s poem, it will make you laugh! 

If you would prefer to draw your love, try using Paint Box to draw your favourite things — this could include cake, your pet, or your sibling’s face! 

Show me more projects

If these projects have inspired you, take a look at Code Club and Raspberry Pi projects pages where you can find even more projects featuring Scratch, Python, and micro:bit!

Don’t forget to share your awesome creations on Twitter at Code Club UK or Code Club World and use the hashtag #MyCodeClub

Raspberry Pi Code Club Sonic Pi

Get groovy with Sonic Pi

You asked, and we delivered: today, we are introducing our six new Sonic Pi projects for Code Clubs!

What is Sonic Pi?

Sonic Pi is a programming environment that lets you create music and other sounds with code while learning programming concepts at the same time.

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Despite the name, you don’t need a Raspberry Pi to get started with Sonic Pi. If you do have one, Sonic Pi is included with Raspbian, but it is also available as a free download for MacOS, Windows, and Linux.

Our new Sonic Pi projects

Some of you already have experience with Sonic Pi, so it’s no wonder that so many of you asked for some projects for your clubs in our last survey! The scope of what you can make with Sonic Pi is incredible – from live DJ sets, to indoor musical rocketry, to a winning Pioneers entry!

So what do we have for you to get your groove on?

Compose Your Own Tune

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

Bored of the standard buzz or ring of your doorbell? Get creative and code your own personalised chime. You can even download the tune and make a ringtone for your phone or notification sound for your tablet or PC!

Drum Loop

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

Get more boom for your tish with the Drum Loop project, in which you will learn to create a drum solo, with added intro and outro. Whatever you compose, it will always need more cowbell!

Special Effects

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

You’ve already been coding games in Scratch, and now it’s time to add a wow factor by including some special effect sounds. Suspense, horror, action, and more — whatever your game’s genre, Sonic Pi will make it stand out from the rest.

Code the Tetris Theme Tune

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

The world’s most infectious earworm is now yours to create. Learn how to convert sheet music into code and mix your own version of the classic Tetris theme tune: the Russian folk dance Korobeiniki.

Musical Round

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

From music class to school trips, everyone had practiced their skills at singing in the round. With the Musical Round project resource, you will learn how to stagger code to play the same tune at different times. Frère Jacques, anyone?

Live DJ

Code Club Raspberry Pi Sonic Pi

Sam Aaron, the creator of Sonic Pi, uses his software to code live music for the audience of his events. Be like Sam Aaron using the Live DJ project, in which you will learn how to add and edit code without stopping the music.

Do more with Sonic Pi

If you’re itching to get lost in the world of Sonic Pi, or to improve your skills, you could also check out The MagPi Magazine’s Sonic Pi Essentials guide. As with all publications from The MagPi team, the Essentials guides are available as a free PDF download online, or in physical form for £3.99 via The Pi Hut.

We can’t wait to see what awesome Sonic Pi creations come from Code Clubs across the UK! Make sure to tag us and Sonic Pi on Facebook and Twitter with any music you think we’d like to see, and always keep your Code Club Regional Coordinator in the loop — they love to show off the creativity of their clubs.