CodeWeek EU – what’s happening in Bradford!

In early September we posted about CodeWeekEU and several organisations across Bradford have arranged activities across the next fortnight.

All the activities can be found on the CodeWeekEU website or via our own events page and are FREE to attend. Some activities require advanced booking so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Below is a quick summary of some of the coding activities across Bradford you can get involved with.

Click the title of the event for further information.

CODERDOJO OPEN MORNING

Every month the Bradford Coderdojo club run a free coding club on a Saturday morning aimed at families and children aged 7 – 17 years old. We play and investigate a range of coding and game making activities allowing young people to enjoy and develop their coding ability. This session is an informal drop in session to meet the mentors and the children who attend to showcase and share some of the projects they have been working on to encourage you to try coding yourself or join our CoderDojo.

FAMILY HACK JAM

You are invited to our Family Hack Jam at Green Lane Primary School as part of EU Code Week in Bradford.
The aim of this Family Hack Jam event is to bring together friends, families and teachers to discover the fun, excitement and power of computer science, through an enjoyable, team-based problem-solving evening. We invite you to join us and other children, adults and teachers from a range of ages and experience levels for some family fun, competition and games. Please note that all children must be supervised by an adult.

LET’S CODE A STORY

Learn the basics of coding with this interactive storytelling session where you’re in control!

For Europe Code Week 2017 (7–22 October), join us for this storytelling session where you—the audience—control what happens. The story teaches basic coding principles using ‘if’ statements and events. You’ll create the rules of a game and see how these translate into pictures and a storyline.
When the story is complete, your group will get a link to a webpage where you’ll be able to replay the game as many times as you like! You’ll work with coding experts from Impact Gamers, using easy-to-understand software called Clickteam Fusion. No previous coding experience is required, but basic IT skills will be useful.
This event has been designed for children aged 5–12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

RETRO CODE

Before GUI’s, flash and C++, there was a generation of kids who got a box that plugged into a TV that did nothing. It was up to them to write something to make it do something and that culture inspired what we have now with computers.

We are taking it back to basics, no need to download an operating system, no need to FTP from a desktop PC to a microchip, simply a blinking cursor ready for instruction. We will be running a meet and greet, drop in session. Simply show up, chat and have a go on a Spectrum to a Commodore or a Raspberry Pi running FUZE basic.

Our aim is to introduce the principals of coding and inspire interest into programming. Once you make sense of the basics, suddenly programming isn’t as daunting as it first appears. We want to change your perception by giving you the opportunity to experience the coding culture of the 80‘s!

We are located within Keighley College, next door to the train station. Ask for the Fab Lab or the Star Centre.

FUN WITH MICROBITS

An after school event for parents and children. Try out some physical computing with these fun size, programmable devices from the BBC. Create simple games and download the programs.

BBC MICRO:BIT FAMILY WORKSHOPS

Robot building and experiments with BBC micro:bits for all the family. Organised by Digital Catapult Yorkshire, British Computer Society and the University of Bradford as part of EU code week. 3 x 1 hour drop in sessions.

MINECRAFT HACK JAM

You are invited to our Minecraft Hack Jam at Exa Education as part of EU Code Week in Bradford.

The aim of this Minecraft Hack Jam event is to provide an opportunity for families, students and teachers to discover the fun, excitement and power of computer science, through the world of Minecraft with an enjoyable, team-based problem-solving evening.

We invite you to join us and other children (minimum age 11), adults and teachers from a range of ages and experience levels for some family fun, competition and games. Please note that all children 16 and under must be supervised by an adult.

The organisations running the events have all given their time freely to deliver these exciting events. Please support them and together we can ‘Bradford coding!’

About Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.
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