We wanted to take a moment to connect with everyone to explain a couple of quick things. We hope that everyone is well and safe. Due to the ever-changing state of things during this time, we wanted to let you know that we have made some decisions about Coding Club. First, regardless of what may happen in the coming weeks, Coding Club will no longer meet this year. This includes the cancellation of our technology showcase. We want to thank all of the students for their hard work over the last few weeks and say we are sorry to not be able to have it. Second, we will be relaxing our rules about students working on their lessons from home and encourage anyone who would like to, to work on completing their current courses. If they cannot find their login information, they can feel free to email one of us and we will pass the information on. Lastly, we look forward to seeing everyone again when we are back. We are stronger together.
We are excited to once again have the opportunity to offer families a glimpse of what we do at coding club. Taking over part of the gym, students were able to sit with their family or volunteering staff members to code a dance party. This activity was done during Hour of Code.
Then this weekend I had an epiphany. Why did it have to be a large VHS case. If we put over the ear earbuds (from Dollar Tree) in the cases, they could be a lot smaller. That was when I noticed a sale on plastic storage at a craft store and decided to see what I could find. There it was, staring me in the face, 5x7 photo and craft keepers. They were compact, easy to organize, and fit the items perfectly. They just needed a good label. Enter my go to for creating signs, posters, etc. Canva. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do and started out with several attempts that included different techie looking backgrounds but none of them were right. The layouts were just not helping, until I looked at the CD cover layouts. One of them was black with goldenrod piano keys. I was stuck at how much that resembled the colors of a Micro:Bit so I started fiddling with it. I flipped and stretched, erased white keys and added black lines. A few circles and some numbers had it coming together so I had an interesting label. In the end I ended up constructing two images, one for the front and one for the back that included a space to write a student name with vis-a-vis so they would know which case contains their programs. I love when things come out so much better than I plan.
The Coding Club was started and is currently run by two of the STEM Sisters after school two nights a week.