Two days down, two to go

Two days done and another enjoyable day’s coding. We did something a little bit different this afternoon (especially after everyone’s been working so hard), and our tutor Tanya gave a short presentation about her work with Artifical Intelligence. 

It was fascinating and hopefully our young coders will benefit from seeing programming in a real-world, and cutting edge environment. However, (perhaps inspired) they were still keen to get back to their own coding for the last hour!!

Some places are still available on our holiday programme next week

kai-39-s-clan_inside2Our holiday programme takes place next week, from Monday (30 September) to Thursday (3 October) at Churchill Park School in Glendowie.

From astronauts to secret agents, join us for four days of awesome activities, including a Mission on Mars, designing a computer game, and protecting the world’s data from hackers! (If you can’t make all four, there may be availability to book for fewer days,)

There are a few spots still available. If you’d like to join us, you can find out more at codechampions.nz/term3holiday/

Or contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz for further information.

We’re done for coding in Term 3

That’s it for coding in Term 3.  Tuesday’s class at Churchill Park School was the last of the term.

Thanks to everyone who coded with use. We hope you enjoyed the term’s activities and challenges.

Now for the Holiday Programme

Next up is our holiday programme next week, from Monday (30 September) to Thursday (3 October) at Churchill Park School in Glendowie. There are a few spots still available. If you’d like to join us, you can find out more at codechampions.nz/term3holiday/

Looking ahead to Term 4

In Term 4, we will be running coding classes at:

  • Meadowbank School (Mondays)
  • Kohimarama School (Tuesdays)
  • Churchill Park School (Tuesdays)
  • St Heliers School (Thursdays)
  • Saint Kentigern Boys’ School (Thursdays)

If you’re interested in joining any of these – or just finding out further information – contact Greg Adams at info@codechampions.nz

Join our Term 3 holiday programme

Publication1We’ll be running a holiday programme during the first week following the end of Term 3.

From astronauts to secret agents, join us for four days of awesome activities, including a Mission on Mars, designing a computer game, and protecting the world’s data from hackers! (If you can’t make all four, there may be availability to book for fewer days,)

  • Dates: Monday 30 September to Thursday 3 October
  • Venue: Churchill Park School, Glendowie

For further details and to book your place go to codechampions.nz/term3holiday

Or contact us at info@codechampions.nz

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!

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/