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Computer coding lessons Learning Together


 

 

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Computer coding lessons Learning Together


 

 

York Maker Hub is an "out of school club" which gives computer coding lessons to children aged 8 plus (and adults).  Our focus is on writing computer code whilst incorporating other STEM disciplines within projects. 


What can I do at a Maker HUb?

Well at York Maker Hub the answer goes more like this, "What do you want to do?"

The only limitation is imagination. Click on any of these links to see YouTube videos of what you could do:

Scratch
Crumble
Makey Makey
BBC Micro:Bit
Lego Mindstorm
Game Maker
Arduino
Raspberry Pi


What will I get?

  • Maker Leaders who have considerable knowledge, skills and experience; inspiring you to achieve your project

  • All technical hardware provided

  • Help learning how to code and program in different languages

  • A place to meet people who love to create, build and make things


THE Computer Industry

Learning to code can open up many opportunities. For instance Python is the language used by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) to bind together the heavy working programs written in C++.  Getting the programs to talk to each other and work together.  C++ is also a favoured programming language used by the defence industry.

Do I need experience?

No! We have the kit and great Maker Leaders who absolutely love tinkering and programming themselves. They will help you to understand and achieve things quickly, get you going and keep you moving.


What Will I do?

You will build from the York Maker Hub manual provided.

You will build using your own imagination and get your creation to do fun things.


Have you an unfinished project?  Bring it along and get it finished.  Maybe we can help you make it even bigger and better.


What is coding?

Coding is about writing computer programs in one of many languages. The human world has about 6,909 distinct languages whilst there are around 500 computer programming languages. So don't worry you only have to learn 500 languages!  Not really.  Many of these are fun languages that allow you to learn and understand how to program.  A computer program is sometimes known as a software package,  Microsoft office is a computer package made up off many computer programs all talking to each other.  You have probably already used Microsoft at home.  At York Maker Hub you will be able to have fun and learn all about these computer languages Scratch, Crumble, LEGO Mindstorms, Microsoft Touch Develop, Python and C/C++ to name but a few.

HOW HANDS ON IS IT?

  • If you need to solder you will be doing it

  • If you need to make an electrical circuit you will be doing it

  • If you need to build something like a vehicle you will be doing it

There is nothing you will not be doing with a Maker Leaders support.  Don't be surprised if some builds include a glue gun and paint, whilst others include a LEGO robot or a vehicle with wheels and motors.


You will be able to?

  • Create the code needed to program the project

  • Use the various micro controller boards connect them up to motors, servos, stepper motors or whatever you can think of

  • Connect all electrical bits

  • Download a program created by you

  • Get your project physically moving

  • Fix a project then test it

  • Make something that works!

Well that's the theory!  There's a lot of head scratching, thinking, hard work and fun to to be had too.

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February Half Term 2018


This February 2018 Half term we are moving location to the National Railway Museum.

In partnership with the NRM team we will be delivering short 1 hour coding sessions based around the theme of Space.  Just how does computer code work and support engineering projects?

Come and visit us we will be there from Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2018.  We would love to see you.

If you want to focus on your own coding and want more than a 1 hour why not try our Saturday Code Club starting on the 13th January 2018.

 

 

February Half Term 2018


This February 2018 Half term we are moving location to the National Railway Museum.

In partnership with the NRM team we will be delivering short 1 hour coding sessions based around the theme of Space.  Just how does computer code work and support engineering projects?

Come and visit us we will be there from Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2018.  We would love to see you.

If you want to focus on your own coding and want more than a 1 hour why not try our Saturday Code Club starting on the 13th January 2018.

 

 

We are back with our popular Out of School Maker Hub for the October Half term 2017.

We have now taken the decision to limit the maximum group number 16 attendees working with a ratio of 1 to 8.  This ensures that each attendee get the support they need to fully develop their coding skill and achieve the projects goals. 

For those of you who have not been before we encourage the children to learn more coding skills through fun game based projects, we do not teach a specific lesson per session we have a number of projects on various programming platforms, dependant on your child's ability they will get access to all of the equipment available such as the Crumble Micro controllers or the Lego Mindstorm and much more.  We always work at your child's pace continually encourage them to add more on each time which will give them a bigger and better game and more coding knowledge.  If you have any further questions please contact YMH direct, details below.

All our projects are STEM based we teach computer coding covering 6 computer programming languages we also encourage children to create animated fashion show, which includes computer code and stop motion animation, or write the computer code for the crumble Micro controller add in the wires, sensors and power that can make a line following vehicle.  A projects focus is primarily the writing of computer code, but can also incorporate mathematics, basic electronics and the application of logic with a whole lot of fun thrown in.

 


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Saturday Code Club


Computer coding lessons for all, a computer club for young and old

Starting Saturday November 11th to Saturday December 16th 2017

6 week Block £90.00 per course

or individual Saturday Sessions at £15.00 per session

Saturday Code Club January 2018

Starting every Saturday from 13th January to 10th February

5 week Block £75 per block or £17 per individual session

Saturday Code Club


Computer coding lessons for all, a computer club for young and old

Starting Saturday November 11th to Saturday December 16th 2017

6 week Block £90.00 per course

or individual Saturday Sessions at £15.00 per session

Saturday Code Club January 2018

Starting every Saturday from 13th January to 10th February

5 week Block £75 per block or £17 per individual session

The Saturday Code Hub and Raspberry Pi Workshop will be running alongside each other.  Each course is booked for a six week block and will run on a Saturday Afternoon from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Raspberry Pi Workshops

If you have a Raspberry Pi and have started a project and got a little stuck or you just want to actually do something with your Raspberry Pi then this is the place to be.

With us you will;

  • Understand what your Raspberry Pi can do and how it can best support your project
  • Plan your project
  • Code your project

If you do not have a project in mind but just want to get more familiar with your Pi we have a number of possible projects you could undertake.

Ideally you will have your own Raspberry Pi, SD card, keyboard, mouse to work with increasing your confidence in handling and coding.  If not YMH does have some Raspberry Pi's available please contact YMH directly to discuss this option.  

As we will be using Python to program the Raspberry Pi's it would be useful if you are familiar with the programming language.  To gain an understating of Python code it would be useful to work through the Python session on Code Academy https://www.codecademy.com

We work on a ratio of 1 Maker leader to 8 attendees this level of staffing ensure that each attendee receives the support they need to successfully move their project forward. 

Saturday Code Hub 

These sessions will focus more on the coding ability of the attendees we will use 3 different coding platforms;

  • Scratch - Block Code
  • BBC Micro:bit - Block Code and Micro Python
  • Python -  A text based programming language

The programming languages above enable you to learn the fundamentals of coding and increase a code complexity as your confidence progresses.

You can be a beginner, intermediate or experienced; our experience coders will support you to develop your projects 

We can support individuals from age 8 upwards right through to adults who just want to have a go or develop their skills further.

We work on a ratio of 1 Maker leader to 8 attendees this level of staffing ensure that each attendee receives the support they need to successfully move their project forward. 

If your child has previously attend these session they will continue to build on the coding skills they have already developed.


 

Please note all individual sessions need to be booked by midnight on the Thursday before the Saturday Session.  This will assist us with numbers, staffing levels and administration.  Many Thanks

Catherine Hartley