Thanks for joining us at Bett 2017!

Last week we had a very busy few days at the Bett Show, the EdTech event which is held annually in London. For those of you who came along, we hope you had a great time, and to all our amazing volunteers who helped us at our stand and in workshops, we wanted to say a BIG, BIG thank you for all your hard work.

For those who couldn’t be part of the fun, we thought we’d give a quick roundup of some of the highlights of the show…

Poster giveaways

Lots of people who came to see us picked up a copy of one of our snazzy coding posters!

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One of our posters, modelled by the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s CEO, Philip; volunteer & Code Club Champion, Jon; Code Club Participation Manager, Sarah and Code Club International’s Programme Manager, James.

When we announced the poster giveaway, we also got a number of enquiries from members of the community who were keen to get their hands on some, but were unable to attend the show.

We agree that they should be available for all active Code Clubs to download for free. Therefore, we’re currently in the process of making this happen – and our aim is to get the posters uploaded to the Club Hub in the coming weeks.

We’ll also be giving away a number of the posters each month in competitions on Twitter and Facebook – so keep an eye out!

The launch of Hello World Magazine

On the first day of Bett, the Raspberry Pi Foundation started things off with a bang by launching a brand new, free magazine for educators called Hello World.

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Hello World is a magazine about computing and digital making written by educators, for educators. With three issues each year, it contains 100 pages filled with news, features, teaching resources, reviews, research and much more.

The magazine is available to download for free to anyone around the world. Educators in the UK, including Code Club volunteers, can also subscribe to a free print version.

Awesome Code Club workshops

Our resident Scratch wizard (yes, that’s an official title), Rik Cross, ran a daily workshop showcasing how to build a Scratch controller. Code Club’s amazing Regional Coordinators, Dan Powell, Katharine Childs and Tim Wilson held sessions showing how to start a Code Club at schools and Dan Elwick was also joined by a number of volunteers from The Challenge, who helped him run a hands on Code Club drop in session on Saturday afternoon, where participants made some great things with code!

We had a fantastic time, and hope you did too. Thanks again to everyone who joined us, it was an amazing team effort!

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Thanks from the whole team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation! :)

Code Club is…

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!

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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 hello@codeclub.org.uk

New Star Clubs for 2016!

We are delighted to be welcoming a grand total of 23 new clubs to the Code Club Star Clubs network.

Welcome to: Derby Central Library, Chuter Ede Primary School, Ipswich County Library, Enterprise and Innovation Hub, The Spinney Primary School, Stokenchurch Primary School, Shacklewell Primary School, Bishop Ian Ramsey CofE Primary School, Liverpool Central Library, UKFast, Rolls Crescent Primary School, St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School, Lundavra Primary School, Duddingston Primary School, Fryern Junior School, Castlewood Primary School, Longlevens Library, Plymouth Central Library, Penarth Library, Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd, CHESS Centre, Tile Hill Library, Cedars Academy, Thirsk Library.

 

“ We were so pleased to find out we had been made a Star Club.  The trophy has taken pride of place in our school awards cabinet, alongside the school’s other achievements.  We will continue to enjoy the excellent projects provided by Code Club and look forward to sharing our adventures with visitors and online.”
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Tim Head, teacher, Chuter Ede Primary School

Star Clubs have committed to sharing their expertise to help grow the Code Club community. They do this through hosting visits from VIPs, contributing to online discussions and hosting training sessions for new volunteers. They are also happy to have visits from potential volunteers who would like to experience a club before they start.

Funsi, a new volunteer in Nottingham, told us how visiting a club really helped her on the road to getting up and running as a volunteer:

“I got to observe the club in action as they created a game on Scratch – for instance I observed how the children supported each other. Also I had the chance to interact with some children by asking what aspect(s) of the programme they liked and why. So, yes it was worth visiting to see how a club runs!”

Head over to the Code Club website to find your local Star Club and get in touch to arrange your visit.