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Liz
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« on: July 16, 2012, 09:37:28 PM »

Are there any people out there with computer programming skills they'd like to share with school children?  A group of parents at a local primary school is setting up an after school Code Club.  It's part of a nationwide project to get a network of computer clubs across the country.  Check out the website http://codeclub.org.uk/ 
The government is changing what children learn about computers at school so that there's more of an emphasis on programming rather than just learning about office software.  We want to be at the forefront of that national push!
So if you have the skills and share our passion for this project, please check out the Code Club website, see if it's for you and get in touch.
Thank You.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 09:49:10 PM »

Good luck in your search and welcome Liz. (see how nice we can be admin)

I am no use to you mending derailleurs is my limit.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 08:08:38 PM »

Are there any people out there with computer programming skills they'd like to share with school children?  A group of parents at a local primary school is setting up an after school Code Club.  It's part of a nationwide project to get a network of computer clubs across the country.  Check out the website http://codeclub.org.uk/ 
The government is changing what children learn about computers at school so that there's more of an emphasis on programming rather than just learning about office software.  We want to be at the forefront of that national push!
So if you have the skills and share our passion for this project, please check out the Code Club website, see if it's for you and get in touch.
Thank You.

Will PM you Liz as I could have some skills of use.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012, 08:20:35 PM »

Good luck in your search and welcome Liz. (see how nice we can be admin)

I am no use to you mending derailleurs is my limit.



Yes good luck Liz sure you will get plenty of help with this please let us know how you get on .
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 08:21:29 PM »

Are there any people out there with computer programming skills they'd like to share with school children?  A group of parents at a local primary school is setting up an after school Code Club.  It's part of a nationwide project to get a network of computer clubs across the country.  Check out the website http://codeclub.org.uk/ 
The government is changing what children learn about computers at school so that there's more of an emphasis on programming rather than just learning about office software.  We want to be at the forefront of that national push!
So if you have the skills and share our passion for this project, please check out the Code Club website, see if it's for you and get in touch.
Thank You.

Liz, it's twenty (plus) years since I did any programming but I might be able to help. PM me and we'll discuss.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 08:44:05 PM »

Are there any people out there with computer programming skills they'd like to share with school children?  A group of parents at a local primary school is setting up an after school Code Club.  It's part of a nationwide project to get a network of computer clubs across the country.  Check out the website http://codeclub.org.uk/  
The government is changing what children learn about computers at school so that there's more of an emphasis on programming rather than just learning about office software.  We want to be at the forefront of that national push!
So if you have the skills and share our passion for this project, please check out the Code Club website, see if it's for you and get in touch.
Thank You.
Liz, it's twenty (plus) years since I did any programming but I might be able to help. PM me and we'll discuss.

Great what a wonderfully website .  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 12:14:56 PM »

You're all far too clever!!!  I knew there'd be loads of closet programmers out there.
Thank you very much indeed for welcoming me to the forum and replying to my request.
I've PM'd a few of you plus I've managed to find a few other potential volunteers on Twitter so I'm really pleased with the response.  At this rate we'll turn the Goyt Valley into the next Silicon Valley!
Meanwhile, if you'd like to find out more about Code Club, check out this very funny video they made.  It's gone viral!
http://www.codeclub.org.uk/video/
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 01:01:53 PM »

BTW I have emailed ludworth in marple bridge to see if they plan to participate in code club.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 02:48:35 PM »

Liz that is great - thank you for the link!  (ps You're hired!!)
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2012, 03:53:40 PM »

But unless anyone knows Python then we aren't going to be able to program a Raspberry Pi and help Liz out in schools.

As far as I understand it, the first term is based around MIT's Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/) and then more advanced languages come into play. It looks as if Scratch is available for Windows, OSX and Debian/Ubuntu so any school should have the kit to run it on; they won't need Raspberry Pis. Which is a good job because mine STILL hasn't turned up!
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2012, 04:07:40 PM »

Will back up sgk by wandering in and asking the head tomorrow!

I also haven't programmed for 15 years now but its a bug bear of mine that the national curriculum doesn't include basic coding and a basic understanding of how a computer works before how to use word and publisher and excel spreadsheet! So i might be in too 
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2012, 07:42:49 PM »

I see Brabyns Prep have appeared today on the list of schools interested.  Mellor Primary was already on there.

http://codeclub.org.uk/map/
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2012, 07:59:12 PM »

It would make sense to me if the local schools actually joined forces on this and rotated the location so that the burden of hosting is shared. Of course, that would depend on the numbers of children joining the code club.

Also, that's assuming that the CRB check applies to the Code Club and not the school. As there's no national CRB register, if the CRB applied to a specific school then you'd need one for each location. If it applied to the code club then you could carry it between locations.

When I was CRB-checked for the junior rugby club I recall vaguely that you don't need a CRB as long as there is someone else present who is CRB-checked. That might just be me making it up though!
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2012, 08:04:06 PM »

Think you are right about CRB checks not needed if theres someone else present as our father xmas had the same issue and someone just had to stay with him all the time! 
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2012, 09:20:12 PM »

Wow!  I can't believe how this thread has taken off.  I saw earlier today that Brabyns had signed up.  Great if Ludworth would too.
Not sure of the practicalities of rotating locations.  I think CRB checks relate to the locations( I may be wrong) but also how would we ship children from one venue to another?  Part of the appeal of an after-school club to parents is that it extends the school day! 
But if all the schools club together, there are lots of other ways we could collaborate.  What about mass hack days on a weekend somewhere?  Inter school competitions?  And certainly a sharing of expertise.
I'm excited that you lot are getting excited about this!  Let's keep up the momentum.
Liz
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