Festival of Code 2017

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The Essentials

Monday 24th July - Thursday 27th July 10 am until 4pm
  • Participants need to bring a packed lunch and snacks for Monday to Wednesday.
  • Water, squash and fruit will be provided every day.
  • Parents are asked to make a contribution of food for the celebration lunch on Thursday.
  • We recommend that participants bring their own laptops to use during the week. A limited number of Chromebooks may be available to borrow.
  • Festival of Code is back again this year. It is a unique event is for children aged 10 - 18 who want to explore coding and digital technologies.

    It is not a taught event, neither a summer childcare club, but rather an opportunity for enthusiastic youngsters to improve their computer programming and graphic design skills under the guidance of industry experts. During the week children will be supported to build computer programs, computer games and websites, developing amazing technical skills and broadening their knowledge of the digital world. The event will culminate on Thursday afternoon with an opportunity to showcase what they have built to parents, mentors, press, industry and expert judges.


    Festival of Code is run entirely by volunteers. It is not a taught event but rather an opportunity for enthusiastic youngsters to improve their computer programming and graphic design skills under the guidance of industry experts. Complete beginners as well as confident coders and designers are all welcome. The event will also provide the opportunity for children to gain confidence working alongside adults and learn more about possible careers in the fields of engineering and technology. By working together and sharing knowledge, participants will validate their digital skills, learn about teamwork and communication.

    Future events

    Please join our mailing lists if you would like to receive details of future computing events at Wapping High School.

    Young Coders click here

     

    Information for Mentors

    The success of Festival of Code is entirely due to the support of our fantastic mentors many of whom are professional software developers and designers. Click here for more information about mentoring.

    Further information

    Please email festivalofcode@wappinghigh.org for more information.

    Parents

    Mentoring at Festival of Code

    FoC2017: Monday 24th July - Thursday 27th July, 10 am till 4 pm each day

    Who are we mentoring?

    Up to 50 kids, aged between 10 and 18, from different backgrounds, with a range of skills from complete beginner to advanced.  (If you've ever run a code club, you will know to expect a little chaos.)

    What will I be doing?

    As a mentor, you'll be guiding the kids in finding, scoping, planning, developing and presenting their projects.  These projects might be web apps, mobile apps, websites, VR/AR experiences, hardware projects with sensors (e.g. robots), games and game mods, musical instruments, animations, audio or visual art, or something else.  Your ability to help the kids articulate their problems and to guide them patiently in finding solutions for themselves is far more important than how many languages you're familiar with.

    What programming languages do I need to know?

    Wait, wait!  We don't ONLY need programmers!  UX designers, graphic designers, musicians, story-tellers, animators, film-makers... all are useful!

    In terms of programming languages and environments, we try to have the kids use and progress whatever skills they already have, so being adaptable is important in a mentor, as is patience, and having a solid, good-natured approach to troubleshooting.  

    For the curious, technologies used in previous events included MIT Scratch, HTML and CSS, Javascript, Processing (and p5.js), Java, C# in Unity for games and AR/VR, MIT App Inventor, Python (particularly for the BBC Micro:Bit).

    Is it paid?

    No, sorry.  We've a very limited budget.  Perhaps your work will sponsor you?

    Where and when?

    Wapping High School (near Shadwell station), 24th-27th July 2017, 10am - 4pm.

    How much time do I need to commit?

    For mentors, ideally at least two mornings or one full day (10am - 4pm).  If you've worked with us before or have a lot of codeclub or similar experience, that may be negotiable.

    For workshop leaders, one afternoon is fine.

    OK, I'm really interested!  What now?

    Register your interest on the form.  If suitable, there'll be a follow up about availability and an invitation to join our slack with the other mentors.

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    Scholastic Book Fair

    The Scholastic Book Fair was a wonderful reading event held in our school this week. The Fair was aimed at raising funds for books and helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Students were able to choose from over 200 top children’s titles from over fifty publishers, which were carefully chosen to reflect all tastes and abilities. Books started from only £2.99, and included exclusive titles that aren't available in the shops or at any other fairs. For every purchased book at the Fair, we will receive books for our school.

    "A huge 'thank-you' from me to all the staff, students and parents who came along to our first ever Scholastic Book Fair yesterday. As we are such a small school, it was always going to be difficult to reach the £300 benchmark required in order to win free books for our school; however, I am immensely proud to announce that we surpassed this target on Thursday morning, thus netting us £75 in books!" - Mr. Raw, Assistant Head/Director of Learning (English)

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