It’s time to get #CodeClubReady!

In September, our team members around the world will be hosting webinars so that you can learn more about how you can join us on our mission to put a Code Club in every community in the world. 

We want to make sure that you have everything you need to start a Code Club in your community. Sign up for a webinar below to learn about the free resources to help you start a Code Club and get #CodeClubReady for the school year! 

Check out the webinar topics! 

Introduction to Code Club 

In this webinar, you will learn about our mission to put a Code Club in every community in the world, and how you can join! We’ll talk about how to start a club and the resources available to support you, and answer your questions. 

Code Club: Your first session! 

In this webinar, we will dive into the Code Club coding projects and discuss best practices for your first club session. You’ll get to try some coding, and leave with ideas for your first Code Club session! 

Grab your spot! 

Tuesday 3 September, 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/18:00 BST

Introduction to Code Club (run by the Code Club UK team)

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/8808539894038230796

Wednesday 4 September, 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/18:00 BST

Introduction to Code Club (run by Code Club USA) 

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/8937853457052369420 

Tuesday 10 September, 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/18:00 BST

Code Club: Your first session! (run by the Code Club USA team) 

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/6759853963335152140 

Thursday 12 September, 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/18:00 BST 

Introduction to Code Club (run by the Code Club USA team) 

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/588718508605140748 

Wednesday 18 September, 10:00 PDT/13:00 EDT/18:00 BST

Code Club: Your first session! (run by the Code Club USA team) 

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/7868683952156791052 

Monday 23 September, 11:30 BST

Introduction to Code Club (run by the Code Club International team)

Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/4981256466620803085

If you’re in the UK, Ireland, or the USA, check out the Code Club website for help starting a Code Club, and for information about future events and webinars. If you’re outside of the UK, Ireland, or the USA, visit codeclubworld.org to learn how you can get a Code Club started in your community! 

From Adelaide to Worcestershire: How two Code Club volunteers 21 hours apart met up to share their experience of running a Code Club

Code Club has a global network of coding clubs in over 150 countries. Find out what happened when a Code Club volunteer from Australia visited the Code Club at The Hive in Worcester, UK!

It took a plane trip for this Code Club visit!

Angela Brown is a Code Club volunteer at Aldinga Library near Adelaide, Australia. Angela loves making connections and thought a family trip to the UK would be an excellent opportunity to visit a UK Code Club.  

Angela with her two children sat at a desk look at a laptop.
Angela and her children taking part in The Hive’s holiday programme.

Midlands Regional Coordinator Tim Wilson contacted Anita Kiss, who runs two Code Clubs and a Coder Dojo at The Hive, a library in Worcester. 

The club was running a special one-off coding session as part of their holiday programme — perfect timing for Angela’s trip to the UK:

When we’re on holiday, I don’t just stop thinking about coding, so the first thing I thought of was: can we find a Code Club to visit? 
– Angela Brown

What happened on the day 

The Hive ran a special family coding session, where at least three generations of budding coders got stuck into a fun selection of Code Club projects, including Beat the goalie, Scratch Cat goes skiing, and Archery:

It was fun to see the interaction across the generations not just between mums, dads and their kids, but also to see grandparents with their grandchildren as well.
– Tim Wilson 

Differences and similarities

At the end of the Code Club session, Tim had a chat with Angela and Anita about the differences and similarities between the two clubs.

One major difference was the locations of Code Clubs. Children travel for up to half an hour to get to Aldinga Library, their nearest Code Club, while children at Code Club at The Hive are predominantly from the local Worcester area. 

As it is a long way between clubs in Australia, it can be tough to visit clubs, meet other volunteers, and discuss challenges and share good ideas. So, Angela welcomed the opportunity to network while on holiday in the UK: 

Despite differences in scale, budget, and venue size, many of the challenges and success running Code Clubs, whether large or small, are similar. We can all learn a lot from each other!
– Angela Brown 

Both Angela and Anita talked about the benefits of having a good mix of boys and girls learning to code, as well as a shared philosophy of everyone learning together.

They also talked about the importance of encouraging parents to explore coding alongside their children, and of having an inclusive approach to young people from all educational and learning backgrounds: 

I think public library Code Clubs work hard to be welcoming to everyone who is keen to try coding in a friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere.”
– Angela Brown 

Why visit a Code Club? 

No matter where you are on your Code Club journey, visiting a club is inspiring, informative and fun! 

Angela and Anita and Angela's son stood in front of a book case.

Angela found her visit to The Hive valuable: 

Meeting with Anita and visiting The Hive was really inspiring. It is something I will learn from as a Code Club Volunteer and I think it will help us grow our Code Club in different ways I might not have considered.
– Angela Brown  

Anita from The Hive also enjoyed welcoming Angela to her Code Club:

It was so useful exchanging ideas and experiences with Angela and we absolutely loved having her at The Hive. It was very interesting to hear how they run Code Club at Aldinga Library as (although similar), I think all Code Clubs are different and have their own personality due to the lovely volunteers and staff who run them and, obviously, because all coders are different and have got unique and cool ideas!
– Anita Kiss 

If you’re interested in meeting other volunteers, why not join us at a Code Club event? If you’re based in Australia and want to get involved, find out how to set up a Code Club near you!

Five things we want to share about Scratch!

At Code Club, we love Scratch, and so we’ve put together a list for you with helpful tips, projects we like, and an exciting Scratch opportunity.

1.Choose your club’s next Scratch project today!

Take a look at our specially designed Scratch projects, which include step-by-step instructions showing you how to create games, animations, and much more with code.

Try out some projects and start choosing which ones you’d like to do with your Code Club members in the new term.

A girl and boy looking at a computer screen which shows the the Scratch programme and a project they are working on.
Two students working on their Scratch project

2. Adam loves Ghostbusters! 

Adam the Code Club Regional Coordinator for Wales favourite Code Club Scratch project is Ghostbusters:

“This is a project that just keeps on giving: it’s great fun to remix and build upon by adding new features learned from other projects. You can make it a two-player game, and add more difficult levels, easter eggs, and bonus challenges too!”

– Adam Williams, Code Club Regional Coordinator for Wales

3. Aim high 

Be inspired by this Scratch project created by three young coders from Cheam Code Club. who entered the Open Schools Coding Competition, coordinated by Red Hat. The three girls won third place! 

These girls started with the basics, and while attending their school’s Code Club, they have built competition-winning skills. We were so impressed by their project and the illustrations they designed in Scratch that we just had to share it with you!

Screen shot of the Scratch project. The screenshot shows an illustration of a young girl with a text box with the words, hello everyone.
Digital Hope

4. Celebrate success

Recognise your Code Club members’ Scratch achievements! Your club profile houses beautiful Scratch module certificates just waiting for you to download them and award them to your proud young coders. You could even share a photo of the celebration with us on Twitter so we can cheer your club members as well. 

5. Join us at Scratch Conference Europe

Are you an educator working in a school or a volunteer supporting a Code Club and you want to know more about Scratch? Then don’t miss out on Scratch Conference Europe, coming to the UK for the very first time this August!

The conference schedule is packed with:

  • Talks from world-class computing educators, including Scratch co-creator Mitch Resnick
  • Hands-on, in-depth workshops to develop your Scratch knowledge
  • Loads of opportunities for you to network with fellow educators and volunteers 

Book your ticket and join us at Scratch Conference Europe in Cambridge, UK, from Friday 23 August to Sunday 25 August 2019. Accommodation is available on-site at Churchill College; read the FAQs for more info. Scratch Conference Europe is kindly sponsored by EPAM

To set up a Code Club in the new academic year and get your learners to start with Scratch or grow their Scratch skills, head to our website and find out how easy it is.