Paul Sutton

coding

Code Club 2/7/2022

Next code club is :- Saturday 2nd July 2022. 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So more of the same,

  • Scratch
  • HTML/CSS,
  • Python.
  • Hour Of code
  • Whatever else we can do during the session

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Code Club 18/6/2022 Write Up

Next code club is :- Saturday 2nd July 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So a busy session today. Before the session started, I set up a drinks station with a jug of water, bottle of juice along with some paper cups.

Today, attendees worked on Scratch, HTML / CSS, I also had two attendees complete Hour of code. I also helped an attendee with their laptop, in so far as connecting to a monitor as their laptop screen is not working. They left with an HDMI cable so they could at least use it at home connected to a TV or monitor.

I think hour of code is a really good icebreaker for sessions, esp as the theming for Minecraft, Starwars and Frozen should appeal to a wide range of users.

Lucy also dropped in with a notebook and a large lever arch file for the STEM group resources.

During the session the four netbooks were also charged. These will be used to help teach the GNU / Linux command shell and Shell scripting to who ever is interested, however this also links in with wider projects to help people who want to self host.

So some really good work today, people are already booked in for the next session. I am still working on getting the lego Mindstorms working.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit,#OpenToEmployment

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Code Club 18/6/2022

Next code club is :- Saturday 18th June. 10am to 12:00 Paignton Library & Information Centre

So more of the same, Scratch, HTML/CSS, Python. I am looking to start also running through the BASH command line series at some point. I have some netbooks set up for this, so there can be a practical element to learning too.

These videos were part of the cybersecurity series. However this is now being refactored in to a more comprehensive series about using the GNU/Linux command line, bash scripting, text editing and more.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next STEM Group meeting is 9th July 2022.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Lego Mindstorms

We have sone Lego Mindstorms at Code Club, which has remained largely unused until now. Partly due to lack of time and or expertise to figure it out.

As I am helping at a digital leaders club, we have been trying to use the lego owned by the school, as with the Lego Mindstorms both the NXT and RCX bricks are no longer supported.

Lego

Step in the Brick Pi, obtained from the same school as the Lego (not the school I am running this club at). Despite the Lego sitting in a cupboard for a few years, it still boots up and I can actually run a motor fine. So a good starting point.

On Thursday, I will be taking this in to the digital leaders club, so that we can hopefully experiment with it.

This is the best I can do at the moment, hopefully installing scratch Link will allow Scratch 3 to talk to the existing rxc or the nxt block I am using, but that belongs to code club.

Should give us some scope to undertake more Lego Mindstorms at the library.

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#CodeClub,#LegoMindstorms,#BrickPi,#Scratch,#Engineering,#Coding, #LookingForEmployment

Code Club 4/6/2022 Write up

A quiet but productive session today about four young people, plus one parent. We did more work on Free code camp – responsive web design, had a few problems with the browser not displaying the page properly.

Also had more scratch, and new attendee started off fixing a game, partly as it was difficult to jump, so looking at the source code we changed how the sprite was displayed in order to jump in the game. So something good to build on next tine, along with some work on Hour of Code. Nice thing about doing our own thing is we can start at a slower pace and work up.

I am planning on running through some of the BASH command line videos, then look at shell scripting at some point. In fact, I am in the process of installing xebian on 4 netbooks, so we can do this and have a proper GNU/Linux box to work on. The browser based virtual console is great, but doesn't do everything needed.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 18th June 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next week is the STEM group meeting (11th June).

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Code Club 4/6/2022

Next code club is 4th June. I have set up some more Scratch accounts, as well as printing off some more of the co-ordinate guides for Scratch, these help us work out where to place sprites on the stage area.

I have also created a small project to help with this too.

Note this will work in Chrome but not in Firefox.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

  • The next Code Club will be on Saturday 18th June 2022 @ Paignton Library,
  • Next week is the STEM group meeting (11th June).

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

CyberSecurity part 24

Functional Programming in Coq

Staying on the theme of programming and cybersecurity, this course is about Functional Programming in Coq and was mentioned on the Libreplanet discuss mailing list. It may be useful generally as a way to learn skills that can be applied to other languages or just generally.

#CyberSecurity,#Coding,#Functional,#Programming,#COQ

Code Club 21/5/2022 Write up

We had a quieter code club today, 3 attendees, however it was rather productive. Some excellent work on scratch, work on FreeCodeCamp, who seem to have recently rewritten the responsive web design course, never the less we made progress with the new course, and also some HTML / CSS work with Replit.

I have created some more Scratch accounts for us to use at Code Club, even though I encourage people to create their own.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit

The next Club will be on Saturday 4th June 2022 @ Paignton Library.

Please contact Paignton Library for details and booking.

Code Club 21/5/2022

The next Club will be on Saturday 21st May 2022 @ Paignton Library.

We will carry on with what we have been undertaking at previous sessions, hopefully do more with the Lego WeDo and Python.

I have also been working on a series of posts on this website to introduce different topics, the eventual aim of this will be to lead to posts about cybersecurity. So the series starts off with some videos (not mine, but they are an excellent introduction) to the BASH shell.

If you are following the activities provided by code club, please use the website link below. There are now many new activity links.

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Please contact Paignton Library.

Code Club 7/5/2022 Write up

We had a quiet code club today, only 3 people turned up, nevertheless it was quite productive as the two young people and their mum who came were working with Roblox and we had a short discussion around Roblox studio and what they do at school with regard to coding. As we can't install anything on the computers, they were using online resources.

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#CodeClub,#FreeCodeCamp,#Microbit,#Scratch,#Python,#WebDesign,#Lego,#Coding,#Education,#LookingForWork,#LegoWeDo, #Replit,#LookingForWork

Please contact Paignton Library.

Next week – 14th May is STEM Group. Next Code Club – 21st May