Join our Carlow Coding Club!We meet every Wednesday at 16:15 - 17:15 (beginners) and 17:30 to 18:30 (experienced coders).
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Info about the club
How much does it cost?
It costs €10 to attend each session. This is paid upfront by buying a club pass (5 sessions per pass).
What are the age groups?
Children from 6 to 13 years old can attend the club.
What is the format of a session?
Each session is 1 hour long and we provide all the equipment. Depending on the child's ability we will be working through coding lessons to create games, apps and interactive stories. On different nights we will try out activities like VR and stop motion animation.
Who runs the sessions?
Alan Joyce runs the club. Alan has a background in software development and has been teaching coding to children since 2016 and is Garda vetted.
Where is the club?
The Carlow Coding Club is run from The Baby Room beside the Fairgreen Shopping Centre (see a map here).
If you have any other questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational & fun projects that kids loveEach lesson is graded and lists the topics covered & duration. Here's a sample of some of our coding lessons.
In this game students program their character to navigate their way through a maze using the arrow keys on their keyboard.
Higher or Lower
In this lesson we will create a "Higher or Lower" game where we'll use random numbers between 1 and 100 and guess if the next number will be higher or lower than the previous number.
In this lesson we create a shopping list and choose which items to add to it. Then when we're finished what's on the shopping list gets read back out.
In this lesson we will control a spaceship with your mouse and shoot down balloons that randomly appear on the screen. We'll use variables to keep track of your score and how many lives you have left.
Autonomous Car (part 1)
In this lesson we will program a car to drive around a test track with no one driving it except a computer program!
Make a Character
In this lesson we will make a program that allows us to create characters and dress them up in different clothes and accessories.
In this lesson we will create our own calculator and program it to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums. We'll also give the calculator it's own personality!
Eye Colour Predictor
In this lesson we will create a program that predicts the colour of a child's eyes based on the eye colour of his/her parents. After choosing an eye colour for each parent, this program will tell you what are the percentage chances of the child having blue, brown or green eyes.
Introduction to Coding
This lesson gives children in 4th, 5th or 6th Class, an introduction to coding and the fundamental concepts of computer programming.
This is a teacher led lesson. You should use a large screen display to show the video and then do the "Program the Teacher" exercise and group discussion with your class.
This lesson teaches students about the internet, what's good about it and it's risks. It gives students some rules for being safe online.
This is a teacher led lesson. You should use a large screen display to show the video and continue on with the other steps of the lesson.
Maze - Artificial Intelligence
In this lesson we will program a sprite to figure out how to navigate a maze using random decision making and we will time the beetle to see how fast it can complete the maze.
This lesson introduces students to the Scratch programming language and the Scratch website that we use to create Scratch projects.
Note: In January 2019 Scratch 3.0 was released. This has an updated interface, additional sprites & backdrops and some additional functionality. The below video uses the older version of Scratch but will still give you a very good understanding of what it is and how it works.
Around the World
In this lesson we will do some math to calculate how long it would take to walk, drive or fly all the way around the world!
Note: the instructions for this project are for Scratch 2.0 but they should also work for Scratch 3.0.
This lesson introduces students to Microbits and explains what the are and how to program them. At the end of the lesson students will create their first Microbit program and send it to their Microbit.
Autonomous Car (part 2)
In part 2 of this lesson, we will add people that randomly walk around and we will program our autonomous car to detect and avoid them.
Note: You need to complete Autonomous Car (part 1) before you start this lesson.
Guess the County
In this lesson we will create a game called "Guess the County". A map of Ireland with the counties outlined is displayed and players choose a county by dropping a pin on it. They then need to guess what the county is and the game records all their correct and incorrect answers.
The Salmon of Knowledge
In this lesson we will create the Salmon of Knowledge story and use the 'message' blocks to time when the characters say their lines.
"Coding helped my class develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills. It also encouraged pair work as they helped each other to try new things and find a solution."Nodlaig Lowe
3rd & 4th Class Teacher, Prosperous National School, Kildare