August 09 2017 | Views: 416
Kent and Medway
The third Coderdojo took place on the 9th August, at Canterbury Christ Church University. It was a fully booked event and we saw lot of familiar faces of enthusiastic coders who had come back to further their skills and knowledge! There was also some new faces who came to try out what the event had to offer.
The sessions available were
There was also a marvellous new technology feature - a fantastic fruit photo booth, where families could touch the fruit and it would take a picture of them!
Everybody was completely engaged with the programme they decided to use, and they even had to be coaxed away for a refreshment break!
Scratch offers the ability to programme interactive stories, games and animations. This session allowed coders to spend time perfecting their work, learning new tools to use, such as adding sound and movement – “I enjoyed making a mini animated film of Rapunzel. I learnt how to use scratch”
The Hummingbird Robotics session had lots of imagination flying around the room. Participants got to build a robot using a cup as the base, and then they could decorate it however they wanted. There was a pink elephant, a car, a zombie, a wheelie bin, and a dog who could move his tongue from side to side.
Once they had created the base they programmed their hummingbird, to tell their robot what to do! – “I learnt how to use a humming bird and made my robot car move using SNAP. I enjoyed it very much”
Kodu gives children the opportunity to create games on the PC by a simple programming language. It can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling as well as programming. It was a very popular session and many built islands and added lots of different features such as pipes and rovers to explore what they had built!
We also had a STEM Ambassador explaining how to use the BBC Micro:Bit, which can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments, the possibilities are endless. “I learnt how to use the Micro:Bit. I really enjoyed it and my dad is going to buy me one straight after this session! Thanks for a fun and educational afternoon”
The feedback was excellent from all who attended, and don’t worry if you missed this one, as we are holding another in October!
Thank you to all who supported this event and made it possible!