To mark World Hello Day on Monday 21 November, we gave Code Clubs in the UK, Ireland, Croatia, Ghana and Portugal the exciting opportunity to connect through code and say “Hello” to each other.
Using the Scratch project‘From me to you’, young coders followed a design brief to code a digital card that says “Hello!”. We encouraged learners to be as creative as they liked when deciding on their card design and message.
Our Scratch studio now has over 60 unique ‘From me to you’ cards, all showcasing young creator’s imaginative ideas through code. Every club that participated has received a card from another club.
Here are some of the cards that made us smile:
“‘Agoo from Ghana’! I really enjoyed learning how to say ‘Hello’ in Ghanian. This simple project, with a catchy soundtrack is the perfect contribution to celebrate World Hello Day!”
Ellie, Global Partnership Manager
“This animation is the ultimate surprise party. Scratch Cat is chilling out and then receives the biggest birthday greeting from Croatia. I loved it!”
“Saying ‘Hello!’ while dodging clouds, a fab little game from a Code Club in Wigan, England.”
Chris, Clubs Process and Support Coordinator
“For the rest of the day, I was singing ‘Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you!’. This very humorous card made my day!”
Zoe, Programme Coordinator
Supporting creativity in your Code Club
Inspiring creativity not only helps young people develop their cognitive skills, it also stimulates their imagination and gives them a space for self-expression.
In 2023, Coolest Projects, the world’s leading technology showcase, is back! This event provides the perfect opportunity for young creators to explore their creativity even further.
We’d love to see submissions from creators with all experience levels. Our 3…2…1…Make! projects are the ideal starting points for any of your club members to create something that they are proud of, and participate in this global event.
Learn how your Code Club can take part in Coolest Projects 2023 and share their projects with the world!
Enthusiasm has been in abundance since Code Clubs across the world have reunited with in-person sessions. With the UK and Ireland heading into their summer breaks, here are some of our highlights from the last academic year.
Head of Code Club, Tamasin Greenough Graham, has a few words to share with you:
“I’ve loved seeing so many clubs up and running again after pausing during the covid pandemic.
It’s been lovely to see all the inventive new projects that our young coders have created, but for me, the highlights have been hearing about how Code Club has enabled young people to grow in confidence and independence. Those skills are vital for great coding, and will help them develop in lots of other parts of their life as well.
I’m so grateful to all the volunteers and educators who have given their time and enthusiasm to facilitate Code Clubs to thrive.”
In June, we celebrated teacher Sophie Hudson and her Code Club in a small rural village in Yorkshire, England.
Her tech journey started out small and now she is nurturing Yorkshire’s next generation of digital makers!
Giving children new opportunities at Hythe Library Code Club
Seeing clubs get back to in-person sessions has been wonderful! You just can’t beat the excitement of seeing children get that ‘aha moment’ when their code works.
Colin Woods, from Hythe Library in Kent, England said:
“It was really good to see the youngsters in-person, everybody took returning to Code Club in their stride!
We have been wonderfully supported by parents/family that turn up for show and tell, which has overrun a couple of times (!), but the Library have been nice to us!”
We then asked Colin what he had planned for September:
“For the autumn we’re planning our normal weekly sessions, making sure we include the last 10 mins for a show and tell which I love. We often see some of the quieter youngsters come out of their shell and it allows parents to see what all have been upto, it’s very humbling to see how well everyone supports everyone.”
Obuma improves her teamwork skills at Code Club
Young coder Obuma, from Hillside Code Club in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is moving up to secondary school in August after a great year in Code Club. She was really enthusiastic about their club experience:
“At Code Club we learn how to code! We also improve our teamwork skills, there’s a lot of people at Code Club and most of the time you work together to create different things.
My favourite part of Code Club is the presenting and coding, coding is fun!”
Children get ownership over their Code Club
Rich Hind has been involved with Code Club since 2016. After a brief hiatus, he is back running his Code Club at Congleton Library in Cheshire, England.
“Getting back into the library and teaching in-person was fantastic and really is the highlight of my week. And I had forgotten how great it was to be standing in front of the class.
Returning to the classes this time I have created my own lessons based on the children’s ideas to help them feel part of the process, and this has really given them a sense of ownership and that the classes are for them.”
You can keep up to date on Congleton Code Club in Rich’s blog.
We’ve had great fun coding alongside your Code Club members at our online codealongs. Seeing your club members exercising their coding skills with young people from across the world has really reminded us all what an amazing global community we have!
We’re looking forward to running more online codealongs and getting to meet your club members in September. What themed codealongs would you like to see us run? Share your thoughts by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in touch with us
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Have you ever wanted to know which Scratch projects educators enjoy using in their Code Clubs?
We asked educators and supporters to tell us about their favourite Code Club Scratch projects.
The nine projects below were firm favourites from our community. Find out why they are so special to our educators and how you can use them in your Code Club. There is a perfect project for everyone, from beginners to more experienced coders.
This brilliant racing game is super popular with young coders who love developing their coding skills to create their own variations of the game.
“It’s simple enough for even the younger students to follow but has so much scope for extra features. It’s also a great basis for creating other top-down racing games.”
Darren Townsend, Southwold Primary School Code Club
“I love Boat Race, there are always so many awesome variations/remixes on that project with young people sharing and playing each other’s games and seeing who can make the trickiest map/maze to get through in a fast time!”
Tanya Howden, The Innovation Centre at Tynecastle Park
This project belongs to our new project path ‘More Scratch: broadcast, decisions, and variables’. Learners make a nature app where a dragonfly grows bigger as it eats insects. They can also explore the sound editor to add and change sounds in the app — headphones are optional!
“Not only did my code clubbers find out some amazing facts about dragonflies that blew their minds, but when they saw the fab edits they could make to Scratch library sounds they got so creative — since then every session has had an extra level of noise….and I love it!”