New benefits for activated clubs

We’re excited to announce that we are launching three new benefits for Code Clubs that register and activate on our site!

Welcome packs

In July, we sent end-of-term packs to clubs across the country. We didn’t want new clubs to miss out, so now each new club that activates on our site will receive an email offering them a welcome pack including top tips, stickers, and posters for the club space.

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Code Club welcome pack

 

Competitions

Starting this autumn, we’ll be running regular competitions which activated clubs can enter. We’ll send out an email with details soon, so if your club is activated on our website, be sure to check your inbox for news and a chance to win great stuff for your club. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

News and updates

Activated clubs can expect to see us popping up in their inbox regularly, as we’ll be sending roundups of new projects, resources, and blog posts — and of course details about competitions.

How to get active

These benefits will be exclusively for those clubs who are registered and active on our website.

Activating your club is as easy as one, two, three:

  • The venue host registers the club.
  • The venue host adds a volunteer using their Club Hub.
  • The club is activated!

If you would like some help to get your club activated, drop us a line at support@codeclub.org.uk. And if you’re new to Code Club and you’d like to get involved, find out how to start a club.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Scratch 2.0 on the Raspberry Pi

Exciting news! On Friday, Raspberry Pi announced the release of an update to the Raspberry Pi operating system, Raspbian, which includes an offline version of Scratch 2.0.

We often get questions from Code Club leaders looking to use this latest version of Scratch offline on the Raspberry Pi, so this update will be welcome to many!

Work on implementing Scratch 2.0 has been in progress for a while, as Simon Long details on the Raspberry Pi blog, and now the team has succeeded: a Scratch 2.0 application is available for the Pi 2 and Pi 3 – you can find it in the Programming section of the updated Raspbian main menu.

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However, the team didn’t stop at providing an offline version of Scratch 2.0 – they have also improved the experience of physical computing on the Pi using Scratch. There is now a custom extension which allows the user to control the Pi’s GPIO pins without difficulty: simply click on “More Blocks”, choose “Add an Extension”, and select “Pi GPIO”. This loads two new blocks, one to read and one to write the state of a GPIO pin.

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The Scratch team at MIT kindly allowed Raspberry Pi to include all the sprites, backdrops, and sounds from the online version of Scratch 2.0, so the cat sprite and its meow noise that we all know and love are present and accounted for. And you can even use the Raspberry Pi Camera Module to create new sprites and backgrounds!

Got questions or want to learn more? Head over to the Raspberry Pi blog.