We had a very exciting EU Code Week this year. Every day was jam packed with coded fun and plenty for everyone. We were especially lucky this year that we got to go to EUDojo in Brussels as part of EU Code week, not only that but we also were lucky to sign up Ireland EU Code Week Ambassador Mags Amond as part of our Skycademy project launch during the week!
On Monday the pupils filed into the classroom all smiling and happy armed with laptops, ipads, ipods and many other devices. You could tell from their excitement that something wonderful was about to happen!!! It was of course EU code week, a week we have previously taken part in and had lots of fun doing. As well as completing our regular school work this week, we were going to integrate coding into as much of the curriculum as time would allow in both teacher led, student led and group work lessons!
Monday – we set up our workshops which we were going to run on Friday. We were very lucky to be doing lines, angles and shapes in Maths so we used this for some of the workshops – accessing our prior knowledge of coding and our maths knowledge to make exciting challenges for our peers.
Tuesday – On Tuesday some of our schools Coder Dojo club members went to Brussels to the EU Parliament to teach the MEPS how to code.
Coder Dojo themselves wrote:
“On the 18th of October, 50 CoderDojo ninjas and 30 adult community members mad their way to the European Parliament in Brussels to teach MEPs a thing or two about coding! On the day there were attendees from Romania, Bulgaria, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. the event is hosted by Sean Kelly and was supported by Microsoft and Liberty Global.”
Our pupils showcased their coding in scratch to members of Parliament who attended the event. Two of our pupils, Aoibheann and Padraic actually addressed the event showing everyone their farm safety website which has earned them many awards.
After a day’s coding in Brussels we made our way home safe and sound to the West of Ireland.
Wednesday – Sadly our school community were in mourning on the Wednesday, we buried one of our beloved parents, Peter whom we had shared our coding skills with during last Decembers hour of code. We didn’t do any coding on the day as we were attending the funeral.
Thursday – this was a big day for us in school We had invited alot of people to attend our launch of a big project we were taking part in – SKYCADEMY. Skycademy which is run by the raspberry pi foundation is a high altitude air balooning project where you send a raspberry pi complete with camera and GPS into the stratosphere! We will be the very first school in Ireland to take part in the event and we hope to get all our work done for a very exciting launch in May or June 2017. We hope to have RTE news2day down with us for the launch!
This was a big day too for our EU Code Week Ambassador Mags Amond, Mags came all the way from Cavan to be part of our Code Week event and even found herself getting a job on the day – as we recruited our skycademy team, Mags and Hassan (another great tech friend of ours) were given recruit cadet badges and will be given lots of hard jobs along the way to getting us airbourne!
While she was with us Mags showed us how to make binary bracelets – these are the numbers that computers read really really quickly to code and decode what we are wanting them to do! We made them to say our names – most of us using our initials as the bracelets were a nano second long!
Friday – On Friday -EU code week in Cloghans Hill became pupil led. All week we had worked on making slide shows and on our presentation skills so we could lead workshops showing our classmates and the younger pupils how to use coding in our everyday work.
Cian and Cameron – the 3rd class boys led a lesson in Spooktacular Halloween sounds in Scratch.
Padraic and Mikey – the boys made a quiz on some of the topics we had covered during the month entitled ‘Are you smarter than an 11 year old?” they even showed us how to make our own questions and how to reward right answers!
Eva and Anna – made a workshop on the poem -‘Witch Goes Shopping’ they showed us how we can bring our stories and poems to life using scratch.
Aoibheann – made a workshop in scratching maths using a raspberry pi, scratch and an explorer hat pro to make it work like a Makey Makey. She then took that workshop to Mozfest in London over the mid term break where she got a great response to her lesson!
All in all, while code week EU may be over we were armed with fresh ideas from each other (me included) and we will be sure to ‘keep coding’ all year long.