20th March 2019

Here are the activities that each group will be working on today:

Newcomers

If you are new to CoderDojo and new to computer programming this is where you start:

Go to Newcomers Activities

Scratch 1

Launcher Game

Today we will learn about key press events, clones, and variables as we create a Launcher game in Scratch.

Click here for instructions for the Launcher Game project

Scratch 2

Explore text to speech

One of the new features in Scratch 3 is text to speech. It is available as an extension for Scratch. Today your mission is to explore this new feature and make a Scratch project that uses speech.

Firstly check out this mini tutorial on how to use text to speech:

text2speech

Then create your own Scratch project that makes use of text to speech. One example of a project you could make is a translator – there is also an extension for doing translations into different languages.

Web Development

Code Club HTML/CSS activities

Module 1
Module 2

Khan Academy course

Work your way through this introductory course on Khan Academy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
Course overview and get started

Codecademy ‘Make A Website’ course

Work your way through this this course on Codecademy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
Course overview
Site structure
A Closer Look at CSS
Boundaries and space

Flexbox Froggy

A fun way to learn CSS Flexbox with Flexbox Froggy. Make sure you have learned the basics of positioning first before you do this. You should understand positioning with floats and absolute positioning before learning Flexbox.

Project – build your own website

Build a website

Graphic Design

We are introducing Graphic Design this term. We will learn how to create vector graphics with Inkscape a free, open source, but very powerful vector graphics application. You will need to start by downloading and installing Inkscape.

Today lets try this Letter logo tutorial.

OR try another one of his beginner tutorials.

Here’s a link to the Inkscape tutorial series we started with.

Robotics

This session is run by Nathalie. An introduction to robotics using mBot robot kits and a block programming language called mBlock which is similar to Scratch.

Introduction to Robotics session information

Microcontrollers

A collaborative group exploring how computers can interact with the outside world through a range of sensors and controllers. Primarily we’ll be using the Raspberry Pi (http://raspberrypi.org) computer in conjunction with Arduinos (http://arduino.cc) and along the way we’ll learn about Python, C and C++ programming, digital and analogue electronics and about working together.

Electronics, Microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi session information