Kingaroy, Queensland: Coding workshops to prepare young children for jobs of the future
We are in Kingaroy and Nanango this week visiting schools and delivering free coding workshops for everyone. Coding is a force for change in this world and I am really looking forward to showing young children that they too can create digital solutions for the community, and helping teachers integrate the digital technologies into the classroom.
PyCon 2017: Introducing Python into primary school
Python is a simple, readable programming language. Did you know that you can embed Digital Technologies into Year 5 Science and Year 6 English with projects built in Python? Emily first shared these projects at PyCon – Python in Education Seminar in Melbourne, 4 August 2017.
Variables and how to use them in Scratch
Variables are so important becuasse they allow us to hold a bit of information in a ‘container’ so that it an be editted and used multiple times in our code. Come check out how to use them in Scratch and find out more about the ins and outs of variables!
Demo Day at Corinda State School
This was the first term for Coding Kids at Corinda State School. Previously we had been delivering coding workshops as part of their Super Saturday events every term since early 2016. It’s great to now be a part of the school community every week. As all schools do, we finished the eight week program of Coding Kids with the class Demo Day.
Longreach Success Story
Coding Kids visited Longreach and delivered 5 workshops for students, teachers and parents. With a funding of $2200, over 180 people participated in the workshops held over 2 days in this regional Queensland town.
Programming Pepper, the friendly humanoid robot
This week at the Pepper Studio, in Brisbane, we held a 5 day Pepper workshop. In this workshop, the kids learned how to use Choregraphe software to create programs for Pepper with both drag and drop code and python.
Transforming my son’s screen time one coding class at a time!
Managing my son’s screen time and online gaming has (so far) been my biggest everyday parenting challenge. I’ve set time limits. I’ve ensured he does other activities before screen is allowed. And I’ve ‘Mum-splained’ many times that the TV and iPad do not count as a ‘screen break’ from his computer. He also does a number of sports. I have every strategy going, and yet screen time still feels like an ongoing negotiation, requiring energy I don’t have. He is nearly ten and he is exceptionally persistent when it comes to computers.