Welcome to Code Champions.

Computer coding is one of the most important digital skills to have in today’s hi-tech world. Combine this with the fact that schools are starting to implement a Digital Curriculum and it means coding is now part of modern learning.

Whether your daughter or son is interested in computer coding or you just want to give them a head start in their studies, Code Champions is for you. We run after-school classes teaching computer programming. We host courses at schools and aim to introduce students to the basic principles of coding and computational thinking.

Join Technovation’s ‘Girls for a Change’ challenge

technovation logoEvery year Technovation invites teams of girls to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through digital technology.

If your daughter’s keen on digital tech, maybe you should check out the website. They’ll work with a team of friends to create, build and market a mobile app – no prior experience is necessary.

This project is generally run through schools (students don’t have to be with Code Champions). So, you’ll need to enthuse your daughter’s teacher to participate. However, we’re happy to help where we can – and can perhaps provide some mentoring.

technovation 1Join a global community of 15,000 girls from 100+ countries and lead the change. Registrations have already opened, with the competition officially kicking off in January 2019.

Find out more at technovationchallenge.org or contact New Zealand co-ordinator
Theresa Corballis at technovationnz@gmail.com

There will also be an information evening at MissMoos Kitchen (50 Waimarie Road, St Heliers) at 6-7pm on Tuesday, November 13.

Effect of teacher strike on our coding classes

As you know, there’s a primary teachers’ strike planned for Monday, 12 November. We have two classes on Mondays.

In consultation with the schools, we have decided to do the following:

Meadowbank School – Classes as normal (running alongside Club Meadowbank)

Mt Eden Normal Primary School –  Classes cancelled (make-up classes to be held in the last week of term, 17 December)

 

A great way to spend the holidays!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our holiday programme last week. We had an awesome time – we hope you did, too!

During the three days at Churchill Park School, students tackled a range of coding challenges, from Minecraft adventure maps to missile command bases, mini games to making jam sandwiches.

The feedback’s been very positive, so we’ll definitely be doing more holiday courses. We’ll keep you posted on what we decide.

Here’s just a little of the action:

Looking for a fun but also educational activity for the school holidays?

Just a reminder that Code Champions is hosting a three-day coding course during the Term 3 holidays – and places are filling fast, so don’t miss out.

It’s on Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd October and will take place at Churchill Park School. Each day participants will tackle a coding project, plus we’ll have a demo of VR goggles and robot races. Classes are for students across Years 4 to 8 and cover varying levels of coding skill and experience.

Register your interest

Please follow the appropriate age link below to register your daughter or son’s interest in a place on our holiday programme. (This does not confirm a place or commit you to signing up. We will follow up with further information.) When it comes to offering places we will process enquiries in the order they are received.

Register for Years 7 and 8

Register for Years 5 and 6

Register for Year 4

If you experience any problems with the form – or have any questions – please contact us at info@codechampions.nz

Please note: We treat all personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act. We do not share information with any Third Parties.

 

That’s it for Term 3 at St Heliers School!

Well, that’s it for Term 3. The last coding class at St Heliers School was yesterday (it’s an early finish this term with the school show pushing us a week earlier). We hope everyone’s enjoyed this term’s course – the first session yesterday was a hive of coding activity!

Looking ahead to Term 4, we will be continuing classes on Thursdays. It will be an eight week course, from 18 October to 6 December. The cost is $200 and a device is provided for use during class time. If you would like to book your child’s place – or have any questions – please get in touch, info@codechampions.nz

 

Join us for coding in the holidays

20180510_155546We’re delighted to announce we’ll be running a holiday programme in the Term 3 holidays. (Thanks to everyone who’s encouraged us to take this exciting step!)

We’re looking forward to tackling some great projects and are offering three awesome days of coding:

  • Dates: Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 October
  • Time: 9.15am to 3.30pm (with early drop-off and late pick-up options, see registration form for details).
  • Student ages: Years 4 to 8 (in 2018)
  • Cost: $300 for the three days, which includes the use of a computer during tuition time.
  • Venue: Churchill Park School, Kinsale Avenue, Glendowie, Auckland

There will be three, one-day coding projects for students to complete, including designing and coding a 2D game, and programming a 3D adventure map in Minecraft. Each suits a range of skills and interests, and will introduce them to a variety of programming approaches and experiences. They will rotate and do a different project each day.

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  • Robot Racers: During the day, we’ll have some fun with a speed test for driving Spheros. Students will be challenged to navigate a course in the fastest time they can. With spot prizes for the winners.
  • Virtual Reality: We’ll also have some VR goggles available for students to try and experience a virtual reality environment.

Schedule for each day*

  • 9.15am: Sign in
  • 9.30am: Welcome
  • 9.45-11am: Coding session 1
  • 11-11.20am: Morning tea
  • 11.20am-12.45pm: Coding session 2
  • 12.45-1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30-1.45pm: Group briefing
  • 1.45-3.15pm: Coding session 3
  • 3.15pm: Review of the day
  • 3.30pm: Goodbye and sign out

* Timings may vary. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are also available.

Coding sessions: During each session, there will be periods of instruction mixed with hands-on programming, as well as creating game designs, trouble-shooting bugs and collaboration with other students. Towards the end of the day, we also hope that students will be able to ‘test and play’ each other’s completed projects.

Places are limited: Places are limited (approx 10 per project) and students will be grouped by age/ability. When it comes to offering places we will process enquiries in the order they are received. This is designed as a three-day course and priority will go to bookings for the entire three days. (If we have any spare places, there may be opportunity to book single days at $120 each. Please indicate your choice on the registration form.)

packed-lunch-ban-school-dinner-968642Bring your own food: Refreshments are not provided (other than water fountains for topping up drinks bottles). Students will need to bring their own food and drinks for morning tea and lunch (and afternoon tea if they’re a late pick-up).

 

Register your interest

Please follow the appropriate age link below to register your daughter or son’s interest in a place on our holiday programme. (This does not confirm a place or commit you to signing up. We will follow up with further information.) When it comes to offering places we will process enquiries in the order they are received.

Register for Years 7 and 8

Register for Years 5 and 6

Register for Year 4

If you experience any problems with the form – or have any questions – please contact us at info@codechampions.nz

Please note: We treat all personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act. We do not share information with any Third Parties.

 

 

Adding ComputerCraftEdu to Minecraft

computercraftFor those students coding in Minecraft with Ken Ward – at Kohimarama School and Saint Kentigern Boys’ School – you’ll need to install a ‘mod’ if you want to be able to continue your work at home.

To be able to code within the Minecraft world, we’re using a mod called ComputerCraftEdu. You will find download details and full instructions for using it at http://computercraftedu.com

(Of course, you’ll also need a copy of Minecraft on your computing device in th first place. If you don’t already have it, go to https://minecraft.net/en-us/)