Summer of Code

Summer of Code 2017

24th – 28th July 2017 at the Curzon Cinema, Clevedon

In association with:
Curzon Cinema Clevedon

Sponsored by

Another week of hands-on coding is coming to North Somerset.

We have put together five free workshops for schoolchildren.

Summer of Code workshops overview

Mon 24th Learn to animate your own stories with ScratchJr
Tues 25th Make a Minecraft game in Scratch
Weds 26th Make an App with Kano Art
 Thurs 27th Get started with the micro:bit
Fri 28th Introduction to Python with Turtles!

The Workshops

The Workshops will take place at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon and run from 10:30am – 12 noon.

Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult or complete a consent form at the start of the session.

Select the workshops you wish your child to attend and reserve a place. Spaces are limited.

Learn to animate your own stories with ScratchJr
(Monday 24th)

Learn to code with ScratchJr

In this workshop you will learn how to create your first interactive story or game using ScratchJr. ScratchJr has a graphical and colourful interface where you drag a combination of blocks to program characters, make them jump, move and respond to touch. Children can also record their own sounds to make their stories come to life.

Please note: you will need to bring your own iPad/tablet with ScratchJr already installed.
ScratchJr is a free app and can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store.

Age group: 6-7 years olds (only)

Time: 10:30am – 12:00 noon

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Make a Minecraft game in Scratch
(Tuesday 25th)

Make a Minecraft game in Scratch

Scratch is a programming language designed for children to learn the basics of computer science. It has a ‘drag and drop’ interface which makes it accessible to children.

You will be making your own Minecraft game. Choose from your favourite Minecraft characters and create a story for your game.

Scratch is free to download.

Age group: 8+

Time: 10:30am – 12 noon

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Create an App with Kano Art
(Wednesday 26th)

Make art with Kano and learn to code

Use Kano to program your own app. Learn programming principles and think like a programmer. Understand about pixels and write your code using a drag-and-drop programming interface.

Please bring a fully-charged laptop with Chrome installed.

Age group: 8+

Time: 10:30am – 12 noon

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Getting started with the micro:bit
(Thursday 27th)

Start coding with the microbit

The micro:bit is an electronic device brought to us by the BBC to introduce children to coding.

In this workshop you will learn how to program the micro:bit and how interact with your code.

Just bring a fully-charged laptop.

micro:bits will be provided.

Age group: 8+

Time: 10:30am – 12 noon

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Learn to program with Python turtle!
(Friday 28th)

Learn to program with Python Turtles

Are you ready to write real code? Join this workshop to learn how to write code with the Python programming language. The Python turtle will be guiding you!

Just bring a fully-charged laptop.

Age group: 8+

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All workshops are offered free of charge thanks to our sponsor:

Costain: Ensuring the Uk’s needs for energy, water and transportation are met through talented people, quality, technology and innovation.

Why Coding?

Learning to code is a new literacy. Children love playing games on any device that they can get their hands on. But few children are using their electronic devices to create their own games, or tinker with the technology. Given the opportunity, children quickly begin to make their own games and to think like a computer programmer. These series of workshops are intended to give children the opportunity to discover how they can program their own stories, games and apps by creating their own basic algorithms. They will grasp the basics of computer programming and computational thinking, and get inspired to be creators – rather than simply consumers of the technology. The workshops are suitable for beginners and those children who have already dabbled in a little coding. We encourage children to share and learn to collaborate together, which is a key digital skill.

Gicela Morales, founder of Codingbug, is an independent consultant on coding & digital literacy for children, with many years experience as a web developer. Contact: [gicela[at]codingbug[dot]co[dot]uk