Welcome back! Term 3 kicks off

Welcome back everyone! Term 3 is a go and it’s great to get coding again.

We’re delighted to be returning to Meadowbank School, as well as continuing at St Heliers School, Kohimarama School, Churchill Park School, Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and Saint Kentigern College.

glendowie school logoThe plan is to start an introductory course at Glendowie School later this term. if you’re interested in joining this – or coding with us at any of our schools – contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz

While you’re here, check out all the action from our Holiday Programme. And why should we teach kids to code? In a recent article School Principal Mike Hansen explains.

We hope our young coders enjoy the term ahead. It looks like our Meadowbank School group got off to a great start!

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Looking ahead to after-school coding classes in Term 3

Picture3We’re now taking bookings for our after-school classes in Term 3*.

Our courses aim to help develop computational thinking and expand understanding of computer programming in engaging and effective ways. If you’re interested in booking a spot or simply finding out more get in touch.

Our schools and days in Term 3 are:

Monday

  • Meadowbank School
  • Saint Kentigern College
  • Parnell District School

Tuesday

  • Churchill Park School
  • Kohimarama School

Wednesday

  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School
  • Glendowie School (NEW)

Thursday

  • St Heliers School
  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School

Returning and new

We’re delighted to be returning to Meadowbank School after missing Term 2.  Plans are also being made to start classes at Glendowie School. We are still to finalise all the details, so watch this space (it’s likely to a shortened, introductory course for the first term).

Coming to your school?

Also, if your school is not on this list and you’d like us look at starting classes there, get in touch and we’ll approach the school.

Book your spot

Knowledge of computer coding is part of modern learning and being added to the NZ Curriculum. Get your child on the front foot by improving their ability in this important digital skill.

Places are limited in our after-school classes. To book available spot or find out more, please contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz

*Please note: Class timings and fees do vary slightly between schools. Some schools restrict attendees to their own students only.

Why we should teach kids to code

tots to teens.pngWhat’s coding, and why is it such a big deal? In a recent article published in Tots To Teens, School Principal Mike Hansen explains.

Coding has become a hot topic in education over the last few years, with the announcements and commitments by the Ministry of Education to strengthen technology learning in all schools across New Zealand by 2020. The purpose of this change and emphasis is to ensure that all students can develop into digitally capable individuals. There will be a greater focus on schools on students building skills, so they can be “innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies.”

Why is coding being taught?

Coding encompasses computational thinking, systematic reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. The teaching of these skills to children will encourage them to become more innovative, creative, and adaptable to new developments and technologies as they emerge. Once coding has been mastered, students can construct, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions with technology. The Ministry of Education believes that “Coding helps to create our digital world and as our world becomes more digital, coding is becoming more of an in-demand and employable skill.” Just as typewriting and the use of calculators were introduced to schools previously, coding is taught to prepare students for their future.

How is it being taught?

There are multiple platforms and languages that can be used to teach coding. These are considered by …

Read more at: totstoteens.co.nz/technology/why-we-should-teach-kids-to-code/

Thanks for coding with us in your holiday

DAY 3.  The coding continued into our last day – and the tension mounted in our lucnhtime robot races!

A huge ‘well done’ to everyone who joined us for our three-day holiday programme. We definitely enjoyed it. Each project was tackled enthusisatically and produced impressive results. One thing the tutors noted was the way everyone got stuck in and also helped each other out.

If you’d like to check out some of the wok, here are examples of some games created byt the Blue Team yesterday:

bird gamehttps://scratch.mit.edu/projects/320378945

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/320379001/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/320369110/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/320378710

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/320378891/

 

We’re in the process of planning for the next holidays. Watch this space for details. If you’d like to know more or reserve a place, contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz

For information about our after-school coding classes in Term 3 click here.

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Another great day’s coding

DAY 2.  Well done. It was business as usual and another great day’s coding! 

Everyone got stuck in and continued their hard work. There were some great projects being completed. Congratualtions to our ‘Coders of the Day’, Matthew Jacobs from the Green Team and Thomas Hulbert from the Blue Team.

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Wow, what a great way to start the holidays!

DAY 1. What an awesome day’s coding we had today! 

Thanks to everyone who joined us on for the first day of our holiday programme. I hope all our young coders had a great time programming and creating – especially the ‘pointless machines’ (ask those in the Minecraft group what that was all about). It certainly looked and sounded like you did! Here’s to more of the same tomorrow.

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