Join us at Bett 2017!

Next week brings another opportunity for educators to visit Code Club and the Raspberry Pi Foundation at Bett 2017, the huge annual EdTech event in London. We’ll be at ExCeL London from 25-28 January, and we’ll be running more than 50 workshops and talks over the four days. Whether you’re a school teacher or a community educator, there’s something for you: visit our stand (G460) to discover ways to bring the power of digital making to your classroom and beyond.

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Find us at our STEAM Village stand (G460) to take part in free physical computing and STEAM workshops, as well as talks led by Code Club staff, and members of the Code Club community. The Raspberry Pi Foundation have a huge range of workshops running for all levels of ability, which will give you the opportunity to get hands-on with digital making in a variety of different ways.

Below are some of the Code Club workshops you may be interested in joining:

Date Time Session Name Location
Wednesday 25 January 12:30 How to start a successful Code Club in your school G460
15:30 Build a Scratch games controller with Code Club G460
16:45 Computing Playground with Raspberry Pi and Code Club G460
Thursday 26th January 11:45 Build a Scratch games controller with Code Club G460
12:30 Adventures in Primary Computing G460
16:15 How to start a successful Code Club in your school G460
Friday 27th January 13:00 Build a Scratch games controller with Code Club G460
16:45 Computing Playground with Raspberry Pi and Code Club G460
Saturday 28th January 10:30 Build a Scratch games controller with Code Club G460
12:30 How to start a successful Code Club in your school G460
13:00 Code Club Primer Session HE Summit Space
14:15 Computing Playground with Raspberry Pi and Code Club G460

Additionally, our CEO Philip Colligan will be launching an exciting new free initiative to support educators, live in the Bett Show Arena at 13:25 on Wednesday 25 January. Philip will be joined by a panel of educators who are leading the movement for classroom computing and digital making.

We’re looking forward to the opportunity to speak to so many different educators from across the world. It’s really important to us to spend time with all of you face-to-face: we want to hear about the great things you’re doing, answer your questions, and learn about the way you work and the challenges you face so we can improve the things we do. We really do value your feedback enormously, so please don’t hesitate for a moment to come over and ask questions, query something, or just say hi! And if you have questions you’d like to ask us ahead of Bett, just leave us a comment below.

See you next week!

London Technology Week

This week was London Technology Week, and across the capital events have been taking place to celebrate the city’s rapidly growing technology sector and all the awesome stuff that’s happening with it.

What we’ve been up to this week:

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On Tuesday we joined a lot of eager young coders, as well as their parents and teachers, at #TechDay at Dragon Hall in Holborn. We had a lot of fun demonstrating some of our Scratch projects, and seeing some great ‘wow’ moments as kids and adults alike tried their hand at some coding!

We were also invited along to an event at Croydon Tech City, to learn more about the vibrant emerging tech scene in the Croydon area. They are helping us to spread the word about Code Club through their Future Tech City strand and have set themselves a target to have a Code Club in every primary school in the borough – hooray!

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Superstar volunteers Marc Grossman, Paul Sinnett and Saleha Salahudin were running a stand talking to people about the awesome club they run in a local library – and they were drawing a big crowd with some Makey Makey banana pianos!

We still need more London volunteers!

Code Club’s history is well rooted in London – it’s where many of our longest running clubs and volunteers are situated. However, there’s still huge demand for more volunteers to start new clubs in and around the city (as well as many other areas of the UK as well). In fact, right now, within 5 miles of London City Hall, there are 61 venues looking for volunteers to run a Code Club.

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So, if you’re based in London, and think that you can spare 1 hour a week to share your passion for technology with the next generation – then check out our website to learn how you can start your own Code Club.

Coding for all ages at the Leeds Google Garage!

Last week, as part of Volunteers Week 2015, Code Club took part in a very special inter-generational Code Club session at Google’s Digital Garage in Leeds.

We were joined there by students from a local Code Club at Little London Primary School, alongside members of AGE UK’s Silver Surfers programme, which aims to help those aged 55 get to grips with digital technology.

Together, the two groups focussed on some Code Club projects, with Leeds-based company The Test People, who run the Little London Primary club, there to help teach the kids their first lesson of Python.

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Lewis Prescott, a regular Code Club volunteer from The Test People, told us about his involvement:

The Test People are involved in volunteering with Code Club with the aim of helping to teach coding skills to a new generation. Code Club gives students an opportunity to learn about coding in a fun, creative environment where they are able to use their imaginations and skill to personalise what they are working on. This event at the Google Garage was a fantastic opportunity for the children to showcase their talent and all they have learnt.”

Meanwhile, Code Club’s Head of Education, Rik, assisted the Silver Surfers in their first taste of coding with Scratch!

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The event was also attended by some Leeds City Council Apprentices, accompanied by chief executive of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, who recognised the importance of volunteers in facilitating these kind of opportunities for local people of all ages.

Mr Riordan said: “Bringing two different generations together like this is a wonderful way to celebrate the amazing contribution volunteers make helping people of all ages living across Leeds.”

We want to thank everyone who attended last week for being part of a really fun day of coding – and to Google’s Digital Garage for hosting the event!