A guest blog by Support Administrator and Code Club Coordinator, Kat Fielding.
Our LaticZone Code Club is going from strength to strength. As we come to the end of our first full term of introducing programming to the schoolchildren of Oldham, it seemed a good point to pause, catch our breath and reflect.
Running twice-weekly during term time on Thursdays 6pm – 7pm and Fridays 3.30pm – 4.30pm, we have seen our members grasp the basics and develop their skills over the weeks and months they’ve spent with us. Some have even been attending both sessions every week! They’ve all worked very hard towards the final task of Term One, creating their own game ‘from Scratch’ (pardon the pun).
Most chose a Christmas theme for their own games, obviously inspired by the LaticZone’s fabulous decorations and the chocolate the students can take from the LaticZone tree after every session. We have a snowman sledging game, a ninja Santa delivering presents and even fish with festive hats eating falling sprouts with a self-designed SpongeBob making a guest appearance (no copyright infringement intended). They used the skills they’ve learned throughout three levels of tasks and game creation, studying common coding concepts such as variables along the way.
As word of the sessions spread, we’ve had newer members join throughout the term. Keeping up with a group at differing levels of skill can be challenge but the more advanced pupils are always willing to help us out and assist their peers, which is brilliant to see.
So, as the kids head off for their Christmas break, we need to collect together our resources for Term Two and work in a touch of practice before ‘Hard Scratch’ begins in January. They’ll be teaching us a thing or two before we know it! Until next time Code Clubbers, code on!