Try out our brand-new Blender projects

Are you looking for a different kind of project to get stuck in to with your Code Club? You are? Then we have just the thing!

We’ve created a set of new Blender projects to introduce your club members to the world of 3D design.

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What is Blender?

Blender is a free software programme which allows you to design 3D models and animate them. It is similar to the software that games designers use to create virtual 3D worlds and characters for computer games.

How can my club access the Blender software?

You can download Blender for free at www.blender.org. In case you’d like to know more about Blender, there are some great tutorials and information on their website as well.

What can we create?

We’ve put together a series of eight projects using Blender, suitable for more advanced coders or secondary school clubs. No prior knowledge or experience with Blender is needed, and the projects gradually increase in difficulty as your club members progress through the series.

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Party monkey

Add and move objects to create a party hat for the Blender monkey with our Party monkey resource.

Tree of cubes

Express your inner Minecraft builder by resizing and manipulating objects to create a 3D tree design.

Build and colour a snowman

Do you want to learn how build and add colour to a virtual snowman?

Block house

Whose house? Your house! Experiment with editing and extruding objects to create a 3D house.

Rocket

Lift-off! Create and colour a rocket model. In this project, more advanced users are also challenged to make an electric car model and send it into space.

Animate and render a snowy movie

Get started with animations using a wintery scene — perfect for the current UK climate! Render your snowy movie using Blender, and get ready to accept your Oscar for best special effects.

Share with us

Enjoy learning! We can’t wait to see what your club members create, so why not share your projects with us on Twitter @CodeClub, or over on Facebook?

Free online course: prepare to run a Code Club

On 20 November, Code Club will be launching a brand-new free online course called Prepare to Run a Code Club on FutureLearn. Join it, and in just a few hours you will learn the skills and gain the confidence you need to start up a Code Club.

Sarah Sheerman-Chase, Participation Manager for Code Club UK, tells you more.

Over the last year, the team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation has created three free courses on the FutureLearn platform, and I am very excited that Prepare to Run a Code Club is the fourth!

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FutureLearn is a digital education platform which offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. It uses interactive formats and encourages learners to connect with each other through comments and discussions.

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Therefore, it made perfect sense to me to offer Prepare to Run a Code Club as a free course on their site, giving anyone who wants to start a club practical, hands-on advice on how to do it.

Prepare to Run a Code Club

The course is spread over three weeks, and you can join it at any point. Each weekly module takes approximately an hour to complete.

Week 1 kicks off with advice on how to prepare to start a Code Club, for example which hardware and software are needed. Week 2 focusses on how to deliver Code Club sessions, with practical tips on helping young people learn and an easy taster coding project to try out. In the final week, the course looks at interesting ideas to enrich and extend club sessions.

Each week features suggestions and insights from experienced volunteers and teachers, as well as articles about everything necessary for setting up and running a Code Club.

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The course is not a requirement for becoming a Code Club volunteer, but I hope that lots of volunteers will take advantage of the tips and information offered in it, and that they will also use this opportunity to connect with other volunteers through discussions on the site.

If they wish, learners can choose to purchase a certificate at the end of the course, but this is completely optional and not necessary for volunteering with Code Club.

As part of the course launch, we’re waving a fond farewell to the online training that was previously part of signing up to volunteer, so now it’s even easier and quicker for you to get registered!

Get started

The first course run starts on 20 November — sign up now! Don’t worry if you can’t join this time, as the course will be running throughout the year.

Do you have questions? Then check out our training FAQs.

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.