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. 

Join us at a livestream session on Thursday 29 July at 16:00 BST/11:00 EDT/20:30 IST where young people will be able to code along and get help with their Summer of Sport projects. 

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

Support the transition to secondary school with Code Club!

We understand that education recovery is currently at the top of the agenda for many teachers. Here’s how Code Club can support learners to gain the relevant coding skills to make the transition from primary to secondary computing education. 

Support your learners through Code Club  

In the UK, most children are now back to learning in the classroom instead of learning from home. We know that teachers are looking to understand what learning and experiences their students have missed during the pandemic and to find ways to help them catch up. 

Teachers tell us that learners who will transition from primary to secondary education this year are particularly at a disadvantage. Not only are they potentially behind on important building blocks of learning that they need to take with them to secondary school, but they have also lost out on chances to bond with others as a group, lead activities within their school, and celebrate their achievements. Running a Code Club will support your learners with all of this.

Help provide vital coding skills 

Code Club’s step-by-step Scratch projects, for example, are perfect for helping young people to grasp basic coding concepts, and are a great option for schools looking for transition activities. Sway Grantham, educator and Raspberry Pi Foundation Senior Learning Manager, explains how: 

“Running a Code Club is an easy way to support your learners. The first two Scratch modules give your learners an opportunity to understand the potential of computing, with creative projects that show the wider application of programming skills. This, paired with how they introduce sequence, selection, and repetition, will provide learners with a solid overview of programming before they transition to secondary school.”

The added extras that learners gain from attending Code Club

Whenever we speak to the Code Club community, the overwhelming take-home message is that the benefits of running and attending a Code Club are so much broader than coding and digital skills.  

Clubs provide a fun and informal environment for young people to develop lifelong skills: from collaborating and sharing learning, to problem solving and confidence building. These skills can be particularly important at times of change, such as the transition to a new school. 

Educator Janice, from Scotland, explains how Code Club has benefited their club members:

“I have always said that Code Club is transformational. It teaches young learners thinking skills like ordering, logic, and being precise, without them even knowing, as they are too busy having fun. Code Club gives them confidence to challenge perceptions, fix things, and help each other. I couldn’t think of a better set of skills and experiences for them to [take on] the next part of their educational journey”.

How we can support you 

From skills development to wellbeing, Code Club provides an ideal space to support children transitioning to secondary school and we want to make sure you have all the tools to support this.  

If you would like to restart your Code Club either online or in-person, or are looking to launch a new club this term, here’s a hand-picked selection of resources to help you:

If you have any ideas on how Code Club can help children transition to secondary school, or have any questions about getting your club up and running, drop our team an email. We’d love to hear from you. 

Grandparents know best! Learn what inspired Bhakti’s Coolest Projects idea.

Coolest Projects ignites curiosity and creativity amongst young coders from across the globe. 

In 2020, coding superstar Bhakti (13) from Pune, India, entered Coolest Projects. She shares with us her first-hand experience of creating her Scratch game ‘Save Animals’.

Gaining real-life skills

Bhakti (13), lives in Pune, India and regularly attends her school’s Code Club supported by the Pi Jam Foundation. Bhakti is new to coding and when she learned about Coolest Projects from her teacher, she saw it as an exciting opportunity to develop her coding skills. 

I never knew that we could do so much with computers apart from emails and playing games. I never knew that I could make my own game.

That was very powerful for me. I found programming to be so much fun and that I was gaining a real-life skill, which will help me and my family in the future.”

Grandparents inspire an idea!  

Bhakti’s grandparents regularly told her stories of the local area around Pune being densely populated with trees and animals, with the community growing and selling their own vegetables. 

During her lifetime, this was something that Bhakti had never experienced. She had witnessed the impact of hunting and how the consequences of this practice had changed the area and the animals that live there. 

The increase in hunting in her region was the inspiration for Bhakti’s 2020 Coolest Projects entry. She wanted to raise awareness of hunting and created a Scratch game called ‘Save Animals’, where players can protect animals by stopping hunters.   

Screenshot of Bhakti's Scratch project.
Blue sky, green hedges and a hunter firing a gun into the sky.

Designing a game on a mobile device

‘Save Animals’ was fully designed and coded on Bhakti’s father’s mobile. This presented several challenges, from access, to time on the phone, and not having enough ‘hunter’ themed sprites in Scratch! 

Bhakti nearly gave up, but her grandma encouraged her to continue and even helped with her idea creation. 

A GIF of a forest setting with wild animals moving across the page and hunters shooting at them.

Bhakti’s three tips on taking part in Coolest Projects

  1. Don’t overthink — plan and execute! 
  1. Share your ideas with your teacher or parent, they can help you find ways to solve the problems you encounter. 
  1. Participation is more important than asking yourself “whether I can do this or not?”.  

Proud to be part of a global showcase

Bhakti was proud to be part of Coolest Projects, along with other young creators around the globe.  

“I never imagined that I could be part of a global challenge. My school teachers were very proud of me, it did take some time to explain to my parents the importance of challenges like these, which gives global exposure to kids my age.

I am glad I convinced my dad to share his phone with me!”

Bhakti loved being involved with Coolest Projects, so much that she’s participating again this year, to develop her coding skills even further.

Good luck to Bhakti and to all other young creators working on their Coolest Projects ideas!

Join Bhakti in Coolest Projects 2021! 

Idea registration is now open for Coolest Projects! Wherever you are in the world, invite your Code Club members to get creative and take part in this global technology showcase. We can’t wait to see the amazing things they create.