Over the summer we gave away free BBC micro:bits to active Code Clubs across the UK. We’re really pleased that we are now able to run another micro:bit giveaway to clubs that may have missed out the first time!
The micro:bit, measuring just 4cm by 5cm, is a micro controller which children can use to code and create anything they set their minds to. It’s intended as a starter device to give children a basic introduction to physical computing and tinkering.
In order to qualify for micro:bits, you’ll need to make sure your club is registered and active on our website by Wednesday 14 December. If you applied for micro:bits over the summer, unfortunately you won’t be able to apply again.
In the new year, each eligible Code Club will be able to apply for micro:bits. Applications will open at midday on 11th January, and close on 1st February at midday, so stay tuned for more information then.
As before, clubs will need to pay £5 for postage, and shipping will be fulfilled by our lovely friends at Pimoroni after the applications close.
In the mean time, why not check out Code Club’s micro:bit projects at jumpto.cc/microbit. You can also find out more general information about using the micro:bit here.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team have been working on a new way for people to learn about digital making: two free online CPD training courses, available anywhere in the world. The courses will run alongside the current live educator training offerings (Picademy, Skycademy and Code Club Teacher Training) and are facilitated by FutureLearn, a leading platform for online educational training. Here’s the lowdown on what you can expect:
Course 1: Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python
This 4 week course will introduce you to Physical Computing, showing you how easy it is to create a system that responds to and controls the physical world, using computer programs running on the Raspberry Pi. You’ll apply your newfound knowledge to a series of challenges, including controlling an LED with Python, using a button press to control a circuit, and making a button and LED game.
If you’re a teacher, you’ll also have the chance to develop ideas for using the Raspberry Pi and Python in your classroom, and to connect with a network of other educators.
SIGN UP FOR COURSE 1
Course 2: Teaching Programming in Primary Schools
This 4 week course will provide a comprehensive introduction to programming, designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers. Over 4 weeks, you’ll be introduced to key programming concepts. You’ll have the chance to apply your understanding of them through projects, both unplugged and on a computer, using Scratch as the programming language. Discover common mistakes and pitfalls and develop strategies to fix them.
SIGN UP FOR COURSE 2
Sign up begins today with the courses themselves starting in mid February 2017. We hope they will inspire a new army of enthusiastic makers around the world!
We can’t say it enough – the Code Club community is made up of some amazing people – thousands of volunteers and educators who dedicate their free time to help inspire kids across the country to get excited about computing and digital making.
We recently asked some of the children and volunteers how they would describe Code Club, and what they think Code Club is… we’ve had some amazing responses so far and we’ll be continuing to tweet the results over the course of the month!
The members of one of our Star Clubs wrote us a note to tell us what they think about their club
How would you describe Code Club? Submit your thoughts to us by tweeting #CodeClubIs or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org