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Creating Rockstars !!
Agenda Why get involved? What is Code Club? How does Code Club work? How do I get started? What do I need? Tips for running a successful club Questions and Resources
Why get involved?
Opportunity to help children to learn how to code Start at the age when we can inspire and hook children into coding Up until the last six to twelve months no provision in schools New curriculum starting in Schools from September 2014 – teachers and schools need our support!
What is Code Club?
Nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11 Doesn’t have to be schools, could be a community centre or library Provides projects for volunteers to teach at coding clubs: Scratch HTML Python Not for Profit Group Offers teacher training courses (as Code Club Pro)
How does Code Club work?
After-school Club once a week for approximately an hour Fun and creative club working through and expanding on content provided by Code Club Can be structured how you feel it works best, for example: First few weeks of a term demonstrate and then start pupils off Later weeks, hand out worksheets and work with pupils directly
Lesson Plan Structure Work is arranged into 9-week term Some terms group several weeks into 'levels' of difficulty Certificates awarded for completing a level / term
Typical Project Titles Term One - Scratch Ghostbusters; Fruit Machine; Fish Chomp; What’s That?; Create Your Own Game Term Two – Harder Scratch Make A Monster; Sound Machine; Frantic Felix; Term Three – HTML How HTML Works; Styling Web Pages; Positioning Elements Using CSS; Design and Build Your Own Website! Term Four – Python Turtle Power!; Playing Against The Computer; Teaching Turtles
How do I get started?
Register as a volunteer on www.codeclub.org.ukwww.codeclub.org.uk Search for venues looking to host a code club Contact School/Venue yourself or they may contact you! IMPORTANT: Get a DBS Statement (Prev. CRB Check) STEMNet is a good avenue for this Get the word out about your club – assembly, letters to parents Choose a time and date!
Why become a STEM Ambassador? Complete DBS Check on your behalf Another opportunity to engage and enthuse young people about STEM Give teachers a unique perspective on how STEM can be demonstrated in industry Encourage young people to consider STEM careers and qualifications Develop employability skills in young people, including confidence, teamwork, presentation and creativity
Persuading the Boss: Making a Business Case Get a location - calling or visiting is better than emailing Run a term as a trial Team up with a colleague to reduce travel costs Write on the company blog about your experiences How your work duties will be affected?
Code Club Website and Process
Running a successful Code Club
What do I need? DBS Check A member of staff to be in room at all times Patience Most pupils won’t have done any programming before School systems may not be up to spec or have all the right software installed so need to check this out Be aware pupils will work at different speeds Positivity Preparation time
Planning for a Code Club session Run through the lessons yourself, look for: Difficult areas New concepts Keep a diary of the student's progress, and how they found the lessons. Provide feedback to Code Club Print resources, in colour, and staple them together.
"I'm stuck!" Transition from hands-on to hands-off: Carefully explain any changes you make Ask the student to describe the problem Explain the requirements, with examples Ask the student to read the code aloud
✔ ✔ Use the checklists!
"I'm finished!" Everyone finishes the work at a different rate, but there is plenty to do! Recruit a student as a helper! Extension challenges
What’s it really like?
A Volunteer’s experience
Our experience Very rewarding and humbling Initially challenging Managing personalities Tailoring club sessions to learning styles and needs Seeing real progress and enthusiasm Pupils making progress between clubs and sharing with others Sadness when Code Club is over for a week! Giving out certificates of achievement is very fulfilling!
Questions and resources
Resources Code Club – www.codeclub.org.uk (@codeclub)www.codeclub.org.uk@codeclub STEMNet - http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors (@stemnet)http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors@stemnet Hour of Code – US www.code.org (@codeorg) – UK firstname.lastname@example.org Scratch – http://www.scratch.mit.edu (@scratchteam)http://www.scratch.mit.edu@scratchteam Alternative Programs Apps for Good – http://www.appsforgood.orghttp://www.appsforgood.org Computer Clubs 4 Girls – http://www.cc4g.nethttp://www.cc4g.net
Newcastle Event – 24 th April 2014 Code Pub: Newcastle meet-up Code Club Thursday, 24 April 2014 from 18:00 to 21:00 (GMT) Newcastle, United Kingdom http://codepubnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk – http://bit.ly/CodeClubNCL http://codepubnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk http://bit.ly/CodeClubNCL