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Code Club Introduction
Transcript of Code Club Introduction
volunteer-led after school
for children aged 9-11 Code Club starts kids off programming with Scratch RESULTS A+ Recipe Raspberry Pi This inspirational buzz isn't just appearing through Code Clubs.
The @Raspberry_Pi is a low-cost computer with basic input & output connections which is inspiring all ages to 'have a go' again. The problem... Results What is Scratch? Code Club 'The Console Generation' Nottingham Clubs September 2012 Adam Bird asked for volunteers from
the Esendex Development Team
Working with his contacts at
Nottingham City Council we quickly
got interest from local schools The STEMNET organisation
helped with the CRB check
and essential advice &
support for working in schools Code Club state that a volunteer needs
a 'reasonable knowledge of computer programming'
an hour a week
a DBS Statement (used to be CRB Check)
a supervisor from the venue (insurance & other purposes) Projects Four terms Scratch
HTML & CSS
Python Venues "Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world" http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/10076267/ http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/3047921/ http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/3171782/ Volunteers @esendex @codeclub codeclub.org.uk esendex.co.uk Technology is often wrapped
in neat little packages these days
with much less opportunities to 'tinker'... The ZX81 had BASIC commands
printed above the keys giving you
some simple syntax & inviting exploration The BBC Model B
was in lots of schools
On startup it presented
a prompt waiting for input 10 PRINT "Hello World"
20 GOTO 10
RUN Video games consoles provide great experiences but there's no easy way to try your own ideas out. The three ingredients to a successful Code Club Code Clubs address this lack of exposure to 'how computers work' by providing after-school clubs to help teach kids about programming Volunteers bring their
experience, enthusiasm & time
to help make the club happen @adambird Code Club provide all the materials
necessary to run a successful club Children work through
worksheets at their own
Certificates are awarded
for each Level completed
notes & resources are all
available to download The worksheets are clear and invite further work &
investigation for children
who want to do more than the basic exercise. The number of clubs
in the UK is growing
all the time... Being Nottingham based,
I'm proud that the East Midlands
is a strong base of a large number
of clubs, There are lots of
clubs in and around
Nottingham City Centre http://scratch.mit.edu You can try Version 2.0 in a browser! The simple 'blocks' interface helps children build programs quickly Three sample projects This is the Stage. It all happens here... There are 9 main categories
of blocks Scratch can be used
for some quite complex
behaviour event driven variables conditional
logic So what does
it look like to
run a Code Club? http://www.raspberrypi.org/ A presentation about @CodeClub for @Esendex by @jbjon Plus it did very little
out of the box. So the first
experiences were often
programming ones to get
it to do something. It had a wealth of ports on
the bottom & drove many a
LOGO robot around the floor. So this trend in technology
has potentially lead to a skills gap as kids became consumers rather than producers. This video from code.org shows technology leaders talk about what inspired them to start tinkering... The Schmidt said the country that invented the computer was "throwing away your great computer heritage" by failing to teach programming in schools.
"I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools," he said.
"Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made.
David Cameron later said Schmidt was right and admitted that Britain was not doing enough to teach the next generation of programmers. In 2011, Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman commented on the state of ICT Teaching in UK http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/nov/28/computer-lessons-out-of-date