In order to give the kids some idea about what they might be letting themselves in for, last week I delivered the short presentation (embedded above) at the school. I started out by getting the kids to identify different computers, and think about what a computer really does, i.e. follows a set of instructions to complete a task. We then played with a neat little iPad game called 'Kodable' which allows the player to program a character's journey through a maze. I originally wanted to do this using the 'CargoBot' game, but found that it only works in portrait mode (and therefore a bit tricky to do on a landscape projection from my iPad!). I ended with a short video showing a game developed in Scratch, which is the environment we will be using in the CodeClub sessions.
First session is due to run on 27th February. Can't wait!