Paul Sutton

CodeClub

Code Club 3/12/2022

The next Code Club session is on Saturday 3rd December. We will have the usual mix of stuff, and hopefully welcome some new attendees.

Code Club Links

Coming up

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

Tags

#CodeClub,,#Scratch,#Coding,

Code Club 19/11/2022

The next Code Club session is on Saturday19th November. We will have the usual mix of stuff, and hopefully help new attendees out at the same time.

Code Club Links

Next session

  • Next Code Club is Saturday 3rd December 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

Tags

#CodeClub,,#Scratch,#Coding,#Data,#Privacy

Changing Scratch Interface Language.

One of the advantages with Scratch is that it has a really nice interface, it is also available in a range of different languages.

Before the last Code Club I asked the tutor who runs the group in the room next door to the IT group. While they are learning English, I decided to ask if any of his group are interested in Code Club.

I am posting this to illustrate how to change the language of the Scratch front end, so children who speak other language can access this resource easily.

Video

Notes

  1. You need to be logged to scratch
  2. You need to start a new project
  3. Click on the globe icon and select a language 3a. Note that the globe is normally on the left, but for the languages that read left to right, the globe icon is on the right hand side.

Tags

#CodeClub,#Change,#Language

Data Detox workshops

I have now printed off the slides for all the Data Detox Workshops, so hopefully these can be presented at a future STEM Group meeting.

I could also present these remotely via the Big Blue Button video conferencing & teaching platform.

  • Your Data Detox Starts Here
  • Demystifying Your Data
  • Declutter Your Phone with an App Cleanse
  • Smart Phones, Smart Habits
  • Facts vs. Feelings: Keep Calm and Spot the Design Tricks
  • Facts vs. Feelings: Information... It's Complicated

  • Data Detox

Tags

#Data,#Detox,#Workshop,#DataDetox,#StemGroup,#CodeClub

Code Club 5/11/2022 Write up

The Code Club session 5th November tuned out to be quite busy, with a good mix of Hour of code, Scratch and discussions on the schools curriculum, data collection, social media & Privacy, this was mostly with one of the parents.

Code Club Links

Next session

  • Next week is the STEM Group 12th November
  • Next Code Club is Saturday 19th November 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

Tags

#CodeClub,,#Scratch,#Coding,#Data,#Privacy

Code Club 5/11/2022

The next Code Club session is on 5th November. We should be able to carry on with Blender, Scratch and other projects.

Code Club Links

I was asked right at the end of the previous session about a homework project to design something that hasn't been invented yet. I came up with the idea that they look at the space industry given we are going back to the Moon and eventually going to Mars.

The following Links may be a useful starting point.

Courses

Next session

  • Next Code Club is Saturday 19th November 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

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Tags

#CodeClub,#Blender,#Scratch,#RocksAndDiamonds,#Coding, #GameDesign

Code Club 15/10/2022 Write Up

We had a very quiet session today for some reason. Based on the list of attendees booked I set up 3 computers with blender, then also the teaching PC and projector to play a video introducing Blender.

I did have 3 people attend, they were regulars to Code Club but not booked, nevertheless we had a good session with some scratch and discussions around social media.

Right at the end I had two people arrive who are are now booked on to the next session on the 5th November. I will factor this in and sort out some resources so they can start with module 1 of Scratch and work through the various modules and activities.

As sessions are two hours, this gives ample time to not only complete the activity but also move on to adapting the finished project further.

However I think they have another project in mind so I will look at finding some useful resources for that too.

I also used the time to print off the remaining Data Detox workshop slides so I have all of these printed along with their respective support materials ready for a future session.

Links

Tags

#CodeClub,#Blender,#Scratch,#RocksAndDiamonds,#Coding, #GameDesign

Next session

  • Next Code Club is Saturday 5th November 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

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Teaching Computing Curriculum

The new framework for teaching computing and computer science can be found on the Teach Computing website.

As part of this, there are sections covering teaching animation. One example is for year 3 – Stop frame animation

At code club we have a piece of software called Tupi, which can be used for animation. I am creating a set of videos for peertube to cover the basic usage of this. As I am using Debian 11 to use the software and produce these resources they can be found in the Debian section of my diode.zone account on the federated Peertube network.

Please do not ask me about uploading to Youtube.

The next Code Club is on Saturday 15th October, so we may take a look at this IF there is sufficient interest.

Videos

Tags

#CodeClub,#Animation,#UK,#Schools,#Curriculum. #TeachingComputing,#PeerTube,#Tupi,#TupiDraw

Code Club 1/10/2022

Carrying on from last session,

We have access to Blender, a 3d graphics package, which can also handle animation etc. There are some good resources for this, so lets see what we can create.

I highly recommand that attendees bring a USB memory stick for saving work / projects. We can't save work to the Library computers, saving work to a cloud service is do-able, but this is sometimes tripped up as due to logging in from a different IP address than normal.

Don't worry we can still do Scratch, HTML / CSS and any of the usual activities.

Links

Tags

#CodeClub,#Blender,#Scratch,#RocksAndDiamonds,#Coding, #GameDesign

Next session

  • Next Code Club is Saturday 1st October 2022.
  • Next STEM Group meeting 8/10/2022

Please contact Paignton Library for details.

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Astro PI mission zero 2022

This years challenge launched on 22nd September.

Mission Zero offers young people the chance to have their code run in space! Write a simple program to take a reading from the colour and luminosity sensor on an Astro Pi computer on board the International Space Station, and use it to set the background colour in a personalised image for the astronauts to see as they go about their daily tasks.

Entries for Mission Zero 2022/23 are open from 22 September 2022 to 17 March 2023. 

Links

Tags

#AstroPi,#RaspberryPi,#ISS,#Coding,#STEM,#MissionZero,#CodeClub