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A Plea For Help

As many of you already know, for the last nine months I’ve been organising Coding Evenings in Twickenham to help support teachers who are not confident with the new curriculum to become more comfortable teaching children how to code.

There are new Coding Evening events being organised in Peterborough, Horsham and Southend on Sea. All of these events have at least one teacher and one fabulous community member involved, but I’m keen to see more of you wonderful, kind and enthusiastic people get involved and support teachers with their learning. My events wouldn’t exist without the wonderful contributions of time and help from people like Richard Hayler, Marc Grossman and Nic Hughes, who willingly spend their evenings guiding and supporting teachers and offering advice and ideas in a friendly and helpful manner and I am so keen that the other groups develop as much of a community feel as our Twickenham events have gained, especially the new events in Horsham and Southend.

The idea behind Coding Evenings are that they are informal events held somewhere like a pub or coffee shop after school where teachers can drop in for advice or to have the opportunity to play with resources and the whole concept relies on enthusiastic people like you being available to offer that advice and support. Coding evenings just wouldn’t exist without people volunteering and helping out and it’s only one evening every few months so it’s not exactly time consuming!!

Anyway, I hope that you are willing to get involved and help support less confident teachers with this subject! So please, if you can, get involved with your nearest CodingEvening and help as much as you can.

Thank you,
Cat

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Announcing SOUTHEND Coding Evening

The lovely guys at Southend Raspberry Jam have recently launched Southend Coding Evening so please take a look and join them if you can – remember Coding Evening is all about supporting each other and sharing ideas!

Thanks for joining the team guys and for further information keep an eye here for updates.

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Twickenham Feedback

Here is some lovely feedback from one of our coding novices, Simona Tudoran:

Since attending Cat’s Coding Evening at Twickenham I have been absolutely buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm. I would like to take this opportunity and thank Cat so much for organising such an amazing event for people like me, new in the Computing teaching world(started this September…that kind of new). I have gained so much confidence that I have now organised a Code Week, complete with special guests, and I have to say Cat has been there offering support and giving me some wonderful tips and ideas along the way.

Thanks for letting me know how things are going and keep up the good work!

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September in Twickenham

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we hosted our most recent Coding Evening in Twickenham and I’m still reeling from how amazing it was!

Firstly, our venue, The Stokes and Moncreiff in Twickenham, had been renovated courtesy of Coca Cola for the Rugby World Cup and so the room we usually use was brighter and more inviting than usual; the whole atmosphere of the pub felt more upbeat and welcoming!

Secondly, we were joined by PiTop, who not only had their recently finished PiTop laptop ready to show us, they brought along a sample of their newest product, a Raspberry Pi monitor and case which reminded me of an iMac for some reason. They also demo-ed a cool eighties-style RPG to learn command line, which was pretty fun and would appeal massively to children (quite a few of the adults were keen to give it a go too). We were pretty lucky to have a chance to have a play with both their products and are looking forward to seeing them at our Coding Evening Special at Mozilla this week!

Most excitingly, the generous pirates at Pimoroni offered to buy attendees their first drink, which meant that everyone could enjoy a relaxing beverage without breaking the bank – for some reason this seemed to appeal to a lot of the teachers in the room who were really happy to relax with a pint (of coke of course…honest). Thank you pirates, we are so, so grateful for all of your support!

The atmosphere in the room was best described as excitable, as we saw guests ranging from complete novices, to Python software gurus. We were pleased to welcome CAS Regional Coordinator for London, Jane Waite, three graduates from the recent Skycademy held at the Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge along with a host of new attendees; September turned out to be our most successful evening yet and we’re excited about our upcoming special event in Mozilla now. Keep an eye out for some special announcements soon about this upcoming sell out events as well as some future events and more Coding Evenings around the country.

Cat

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Special Guests at Coding Evenings

We are so lucky to get so many fantastic volunteers who give up their time to help out at Coding Evenings and the next few events are no different!

So on that note, we are pleased to announce the following special guests at forthcoming Coding Evenings:

At Peterborough Coding Evening on Tuesday 22nd September, organisers of CamJam and Raspberry Pi gurus Tim Richardson and Michael Horne along with co-author of Adventures in Minecraft, David Whale.

At Twickenham Coding Evening on Thursday 24th September, Python and Pygame guru, Tim Golden, Active Lit creator Alex Warren and arduino expert Ben Dornan along with regular guests and ever willing all star volunteers Richard Hayler, Nic Hughes and Marc Grossman.

At our special event at Mozilla for Code Week EU, we are excited to welcome both Fuze and PiTop with demos of their hardware for using Raspberry Pi in the classroom, as well as Code Club London Coordinator Dan Elwick.

We’re really excited that so many people are willing to give up their free time to help support us all with the teaching of coding in the UK and hope to see lots of you there!

Cat

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Coding Evening – Code Week Special Event

We are pleased to be able to announce that we will be hosting a special Coding Evening in Mozilla HQ, London for Code Week EU on Thursday 15th October. This will be an excellent opportunity for existing members of both Coding Evening Twickenham Coding Evening Peterborough to come together & meet as well as for anyone interested in running their own Coding Evening to meet us and get a better idea of how a Coding Evening works.

Don’t forget we have both a Twickenham and Peterborough evening coming up in September too!

We’re really exciting to have this opportunity to meet somewhere as special as Mozilla and we really hope you can join us!

Cat

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coding-evening-code-week-special-event-tickets-18099503101