The Code Zone's code club blog

News, updates and featured projects from our coding clubs!

The Code Zone is growing quickly, but so is the world of code.  We'll keep you up to date here with what's new, what's changing, and some interesting articles.

Spiral Learning | The best way to learn Python

Posted on April 09, 2024 just for fun

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Discover the best approach to learning Python for children!

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The Top 5 Programming Languages for Kids to Start Coding

Posted on April 03, 2024

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Discover which programming languages are best for children to start learning code!

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Introducing The Code Zone's new Mentor team!

Posted on April 01, 2024 april fools

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It's April, it's time to find a new way to build the mentor team!  Previous attempts with AI have not gone well...can man's best friend help?

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In Person Code Club | Join the Best Code Club in Cambridge!

Posted on March 25, 2024

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Looking for a fun, interactive after school club for your child? Want your child to learn valuable skills in tech and coding while having a blast? Cor do we have a club for you!

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Modders Club Game of the Week | Phantom Foray

Posted on March 21, 2024

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Mentor Calum discusses the newest game of the week for Modders!

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Why Non-Tech Professionals Should Learn Code

Posted on March 20, 2024

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Coding isn't just for programmers; its for everyone! 

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Hackers Club takes to the skies in Air Attack!

Posted on March 18, 2024

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We're flying into Game Dev Club Hackers, Game of the Week!

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Coding is for Everyone: Breaking the "Geeky" Stereotype

Posted on March 15, 2024 just for fun

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 Let's explore how coding has shed its geeky image and why it's a valuable skill set for the modern era.

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Why children should learn to code with Scratch

Posted on March 04, 2024

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Easy to use, colorful and engaging? What's not to love about this beginner friendly coding programme?

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Paint Battle: A Splatoon Inspired Game

Posted on March 01, 2024 club updates

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Gather round for this week's Modders game round up!

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Navigating the Digital Landscape: Tips for Parents and Kids

Posted on February 28, 2024 diversity in code

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How to prepare children for the digital landscape online. 

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Game Jam Round Up: Don't Go Outside!

Posted on February 27, 2024 game jam

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Starting 2024 off with a Big Ol' Game Jam!

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Hacker's Featured Game | The Asteroid Field

Posted on February 21, 2024 club updates

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Ground Control to Major Tom... there's a lot of asteriods out here!

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The Code Zone Responds to the Telegraph

Posted on February 14, 2024 in the press

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Kids SHOULD learn to code and here's why!

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Leveling up the fun | Game Zone Clubs are open for Half Terms!

Posted on February 07, 2024 game zone clubs half term

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Calling all young gamers and tech lovers in the Cambridge area! Join an in-person gaming session this half term. 

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5 Benefits of Children Starting to Learn Code at age 6!

Posted on January 17, 2024 just for fun

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There are many benefits to learning code, even as early as age 6!

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Santa's Little Helper

Posted on December 22, 2023 club updates

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For our final game of 2023, we are playing Santa’s Little Helper

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Santa’s Coming to Town

Posted on December 18, 2023 club updates

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Ant here again from the Code Zone to give you all a quick catch up on our festive antics last week in our Game Dev Clubs.

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a functioning Door Bell

Posted on December 08, 2023 minecraft

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This week we are continuing our 'Redstone Contraption' series and are coding door bell - DING DONG!

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Top 5 Code Platforms for Kids | From Beginner to Advanced

Posted on December 01, 2023 coding news

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Which platforms are best for your child to start learning code? 

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Christmas Gifting: The Tech Way

Posted on November 13, 2023

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We've rounded up some super cool gift ideas for kids who love everything to do with computers, tech and coding! 

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Modders: Kitchen Chaos

Posted on October 21, 2023 club updates

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This week in Modders, we have a brand new game called ‘Kitchen Chaos’

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a TNT Rocket Launcher

Posted on October 18, 2023 minecraft

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This week we are continuing our 'Redstone Contraption' series and are coding an EXPLOSIVE TNT Rocket Launcher!

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Hacker Highlight: Deep Sea Diver

Posted on October 16, 2023 club updates

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We are starting this week strong with our latest game: Deep Sea Diver.

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a TNT Launch Pad

Posted on October 08, 2023 minecraft

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This week, we are continuing our 'Redstone Contraption' series and we are making a BIG impact with our latest mod: TNT Launch Pad!

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National Coding Week: Robot Rivals

Posted on October 02, 2023 game jam

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Celebrating National Coding Week with a Game Jam!

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Hacker Highlight: Sword Thrower

Posted on September 25, 2023 club updates

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Finishing off this week strong with our latest Game Dev Club Hacker Game: Sword Thrower!

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a Redstone Rubbish Chest

Posted on September 23, 2023 minecraft

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This week in our Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our 'Redstone Contraption' series

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Cops & Robbers

Posted on September 20, 2023 club updates

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Zombies and Scientist!

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a Redstone Door

Posted on September 17, 2023 minecraft

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In our Minecraft Mod Club, we are starting a brand new mod series called 'Redstone Contraptions'

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Hacker Highlight: Ace Pilot

Posted on September 14, 2023 club updates

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See Arabella's AMAZING Ace Pilot Game below - full of colour and her own mods 

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Minecraft Mod Club: Our Top 5 Minigame Mods

Posted on September 11, 2023 minecraft

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Top 5 favourite Minecraft Minigames

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The Importance of Balance Between Struggle and Support

Posted on September 06, 2023 coding news

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Learning to tie your shoes sucks. It’s difficult....

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's mod a Gliding game!

Posted on September 03, 2023 minecraft

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game Series by coding and modding our very own gliding game.

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Strange Sports Game Jam

Posted on September 01, 2023 game jam

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We're back with another game jam to round out the holidays!

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Tunnel Traversal

Posted on August 31, 2023 club updates

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We are back in Modders Club again today and we are working on Tunnel Traversal!

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How Old Games Can Help us as Game Makers: The Legend of Zelda

Posted on August 28, 2023 club updates

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Why are older games worth playing? We take a look...

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's Play On Rails Archery

Posted on August 24, 2023 minecraft

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game Series and playing On Rails Archery:)🚂

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Arch Enemy

Posted on August 22, 2023 club updates

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What a day we've had here at The Code Zone!

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What is Learning Through Play?

Posted on August 20, 2023

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By Jaz - The Code Zone Mentor!

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Elemental Powers Game Jam

Posted on August 19, 2023 game jam

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We all hope you are enjoying your time off at half term! Are you ready for this half term's Game Jam event? 

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's Play Monster Arena

Posted on August 17, 2023 minecraft club updates

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game Series by coding our very own Monster Arena Game!

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Colour Run

Posted on August 14, 2023 club updates

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We are back in Game Dev Club and this week our hackers are playing 'Colour Run'.

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Game Jams - what are they and why are they important?

Posted on August 11, 2023 game jam

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You’re probably asking ‘what on earth is a game jam?’ Well don’t worry! I am going to tell you.

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's Play Dropper

Posted on August 03, 2023 minecraft club updates

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game Series by coding our very own game of Dropper!

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Evolution Game Jam

Posted on August 01, 2023 game jam

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We all hope you are enjoying your time off at half term! Are you ready for this half term's Game Jam event? 

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Bin It

Posted on July 31, 2023 club updates

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The latest on all the mods and hacks available this week to test your kids' coding skills!

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A Glimpse into The Life of a Female Computer Science Student

Posted on July 26, 2023 diversity in code

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By Becky Shepherd (Mentor, Game Dev Club)

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's play Spleef

Posted on July 23, 2023 minecraft

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game Series by coding your own Spleef Arena!

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Shadowy Shootout

Posted on July 20, 2023 club updates

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We are back at it again this week modding our Shadowy Shootout game

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Why learning to code through games is a good approach

Posted on July 17, 2023 coding news

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Children live and breath games regardless of their age; whether that be playing a game of tag on the playground or booting up their Nintendo Switch to play Roblox

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's make our own Archery Range

Posted on July 09, 2023 minecraft

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In this week's Minecraft Mod Club, we are continuing our Minecraft Mini Game series and coding our very own game of Archery Range

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Coding for Grown-Ups

Posted on June 28, 2023 club updates coding for grown-ups

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Since 2019, The Code Zone has been inspiring passion for coding in people of all ages.

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Jetpack Jumper

Posted on June 26, 2023 club updates

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Another week, another Scratch game for our GameDev Club members - this time we are playing Jetpack Jumper!

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Minecraft Round Up - (and update!) - Let's Take the Castle 🏰

Posted on June 25, 2023 club updates minecraft

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We are shaking things up in our Minecraft Mod Club!

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How is Coding linked to the Curriculum?

Posted on June 21, 2023 club updates diversity in code

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In 2014, changes to the national curriculum were made specifically in ICT to help with the introduction of coding to children, replacing ICT with ‘Computing’.

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Look out - it's a SHARK!

Posted on June 19, 2023 club updates

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This week at The Code Zone, hackers are playing GameDev Club's latest game 'Shark Attack'.

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's go Pig Fishing 🐷

Posted on June 11, 2023 minecraft

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Welcome back to another Minecraft Mod Club 'Let's Build' episode with Jaz and Calum. This week, we will be coding a new theme for this term: Minecraft Mini Games!

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Welcome Back to Game Dev Club!

Posted on June 07, 2023 club updates

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We are making a bold come back with Battle Tanks!

 

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Half Term Coding Fun!

Posted on June 04, 2023 game jam club updates

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A little round up of what happened over May Half Term!

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Minecraft Round Up - Let's Build an Automated Melon Farm 🍉

Posted on May 28, 2023 minecraft

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It's time for another Minecraft Mod Club 'Let's Build' episode

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The Code Zone for Grown-ups - it's coming!

Posted on May 17, 2023 coding for grown-ups club updates

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You asked...it's coming...we just need something from you...

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Did someone say Pizza?🍕

Posted on May 12, 2023 club updates

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The Code Zone's latest idle game: 'Click For Pizza'

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Game Jam 2023: Hopping Mad Week 1

Posted on April 09, 2023 game jam club updates

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Our Game Jam is Back this Half term!

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Introducing LOLclub

Posted on April 01, 2023 just for fun april fools

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Today, we're excited to announce the release of our newest club , "LOLclub"!

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The Wall of Doom Game Jam

Posted on March 30, 2023 game jam

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Happy half term everyone - we hope you're relaxing, chilling... and coding! Are you ready for this half term's Game Jam event?

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Can you 'Dodge It'?

Posted on March 26, 2023 club updates

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A quick overview of what happened in our Game Dev Club!

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A week of Flyie Drone...

Posted on March 16, 2023 club updates

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Read all about what our children have been creating in our Game Dev Club!

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Minecraft Mod Club: What's it all about?

Posted on February 26, 2023 minecraft club updates

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Kids Love Minecraft....so let's make it education & fun!

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Can't Stop Moving Game Jam

Posted on December 05, 2022 game jam

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 We've had a great time watching our Hackers and Modders taking part in our recent game jam "Can't Stop Moving"!

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Christmas Gifting: Our Top Gifts of 2022

Posted on December 01, 2022

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It's that time of year, and we've made a super simple guide on the gifts that are loved and recommended by our mentors themselves!

Take a look and give the gift of coding this Christmas!

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"You Are The Monster" Game Jam - Game Dev Club Halloween 2022

Posted on October 24, 2022 game jam

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During October Half Tem we opened up our doors for yet another Game Jam! After the success of the Summer ones, our children were fuelled and ready for another week of hacking!

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"You Are The Monster" Game Jam - Modders Halloween 2022

Posted on October 24, 2022 game jam

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During October Half Tem we opened up our doors for yet another Game Jam!

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Game Jam 2022 - It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This" Day 5

Posted on August 26, 2022 club updates game jam

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The end of a great summer of phenomenal Game Jams!

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Game Jam 2022 - It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This" Day 4

Posted on August 25, 2022 game jam

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In today's game dev clubs we've seen some unique stuff whether that be the Batculator (which actually works perfectly)

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Game Jam 2022 - It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This" Day 3

Posted on August 24, 2022 club updates game jam

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We've had some quite technical hacks and interesting visual changes today inside of Storm Survival!

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Game Jam 2022 - It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This" Day 2

Posted on August 23, 2022 club updates game jam

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The theme is "It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This". What "this" is, is up to you...

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Game Jam 2022 - It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This" Day 1

Posted on August 22, 2022 game jam

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The theme is "It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This". What "this" is, is up to you. Get jamming and good luck!!

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The Floor Is Lava Game Jam

Posted on August 01, 2022 game jam

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Last week we had our first of this Summer's Game Jams, a free event for all members where the children were given a theme (The Floor is Lava) and had to come up with their own game or animation, and wow did they come up with some amazing ideas!  We've selected a few (below) and our mentors have done a round up.  Have a watch below!
 
All children who took part have also earnt this cool badge for their profile!  A super well done to all of them, there was such enthusiasm and enjoyment (although apologies to the parents who's children were still up in the evening working on their games...we heard stories!)
 
Do encourage your children to share their projects so everyone can have a play (message us if you're unsure how).  All children now have a profile online to show-off their badges and their projects so anyone can have a play!  Check their dashboard for their own unique link to share.
 
So now the children are all warmed up, we're back at it next week for the second Summer Game Jam!  We'll announce the theme on Monday but I can promise one thing... it's going to take some creativity!  Watch this space :)
 
 
 

Play some of the games that have been shared from this Game Jam...

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Game Jam 2022 - Day 5

Posted on July 29, 2022 club updates game jam

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Last day of the floor is lava Game Jam 

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Game Jam 2022 - Day 4

Posted on July 28, 2022 game jam

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A little catch up with what's been going on in the online Game Jam today!

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Game Jam 2022 - Day 3

Posted on July 27, 2022 game jam

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A little catch up with what's been going on in the online Game Jam today!

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Game Jam 2022 - Day 2

Posted on July 26, 2022 game jam

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Game Jam 2022 - Day 1

Posted on July 25, 2022 game jam

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Day 1 of our very first Game Jam yesterday and we saw loads of children join us online to start work on their "The Floor Is Lava" themed game!

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The Live Stream with Tom & Ant - Pirate Palaver

Posted on June 29, 2022 the live stream

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Tom and Ant take a look at last week's game, Pirate Palaver and some of the best hacks from the game!

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The Live Stream with Tom & Ant - Asteroid Attack

Posted on June 22, 2022 the live stream

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Weekly round up from the 22nd June - join Tom & Ant on our live stream talking all things coding!

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Welcome to the Circus 🎪

Posted on June 07, 2022 club updates

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New term means fun new badges to earn!

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We've been nominated!!

Posted on May 25, 2022 in the press

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We are very excited to have been nominated in the What's On 4 Kids Awards this year. 

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4 Reasons Why Coding Is Essential Today

Posted on May 10, 2022

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Coding is slowly becoming a crucial part of society, and we can’t continue without it, but why?

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The Mecha Bots are here

Posted on April 25, 2022 club updates

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Easter has passed through and we're in to a brand new half term! 

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April 25th Weekly Round Up

Posted on April 25, 2022 club updates

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It was a Frog Feeding Frenzy this week at the code zone!

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April 17th Weekly Round Up!

Posted on April 17, 2022 club updates

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First of all I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and/or Ramadan on behalf of all of us at the Code Zone!

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Ant's Weekly Round up 10th April

Posted on April 10, 2022 club updates

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Hold the Fort had some amazing creativity involved!

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Tom's Round up 3rd April

Posted on April 03, 2022 club updates

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Everyone loved this week's game Scaredy Crows - but what's coming up next?

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Dell's Weekly Round up March 27th

Posted on March 27, 2022 club updates

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We hear from one of our newest mentor's Dell, on what sounds like an eventful week of fun & games!

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Tom's Round up March 13th

Posted on March 13, 2022 club updates

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A little recap on Jungle Run plus what's coming next week!

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Holly's Round Up March 6th

Posted on March 06, 2022 club updates

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Another busy week training new mentors & new clubs!

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Tom's Round up 27th Feb

Posted on February 27, 2022 club updates

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Diving into what's been happening in the week @ The Code Zone!

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Stars in Spring

Posted on February 22, 2022 club updates

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A new term has begun and we're heading out of the snowy season and in to Spring where there are tonnes of stars to collect over the next 6 weeks!

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The Live Stream with Tom and Holly - Sky High Speedy and Race-A-Round

Posted on February 08, 2022 the live stream

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"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become in to the villain"

The ZoneBot will live forever!

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We declare the Winter Olympics 2022, open!

Posted on February 04, 2022 club updates

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Join us here at The Code Zone for two weeks of cool Winter Olympics coding projects!

To kick things off, we present to you the Opening Ceremony!

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Tom's round up Jan 23rd

Posted on January 23, 2022 club updates

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A big welcome to new teammates, a quick update of the hacks from last week, and the game coming up this week in the Game Dev Club!

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Holly's round up Jan 16th

Posted on January 16, 2022 club updates

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Have you heard of a Unimouse?  Well...this week we discovered it in one of our Game Dev Clubs!  Read more...

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The Live Stream with Tom and Holly - Paint Battle!

Posted on January 11, 2022 the live stream

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Hellooo!! Tom's finally worked out how to say "hello" and Holly's a....sponge... in this weeks round-up of the game dev clubs and this week's hack "Paint Battle"

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January & the Winter Warriors badge

Posted on January 10, 2022 club updates

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Our new years week is over and we're back into the swing of things.  Here's an update of the last week from Tom, a round-up of last week and kicking things off this term with a new badge for you to get! 

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Happy New Year!!

Posted on January 01, 2022 club updates

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We hope you've had a great Christmas - welcome back for another fun-filled term of tech and coding.  Check out the new years badge as well!

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The Live Stream with Tom and Holly - Reverse Tower Defence?!

Posted on December 21, 2021 the live stream

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It's our last one before Christmas and the festive hats are out!  Tom and Holly talk tower defence, and this week's game dev club challenge - building a reverse version of the game, where you are the runner!

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Holly's Roundup Dec 19th

Posted on December 19, 2021 club updates

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Holly gives us a round-up of the last week in the clubs, some featured projects and a sneak peak in to what's coming up next week!

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The Live Stream with Tom and Holly - Whackamole

Posted on December 14, 2021 the live stream

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Our first ever live stream!  And a festive one to kick things off...are you ready for Holly's surprise?  And is your project featured this week?

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The Codey Smart Speaker

Posted on March 31, 2021 just for fun april fools

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If you haven't seen Tom's intro video for The Codey Smart Speaker - check it out on our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram.  We hope you enjoy...

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5 Women Who are Changing the World Through Tech

Posted on March 08, 2021

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In an industry dominated by men, these women are carving out their own path.

 

And the world is all the better for it.

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Why Should Children Learn to Code?

Posted on March 06, 2021

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STAY AHEAD - LEARN TO CODE

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Screen Time Doesn't Have to be Scary

Posted on December 06, 2020

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With the pandemic pushing us further online, it’s more important than ever that we understand screen time and the effect it can have on our children – both positive and negative.

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Virtual After School Coding Club Launches as Pandemic Wipes Out Children’s Activities

Posted on November 25, 2020 in the press

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The Code Zone has launched a virtual coding club in response to Covid-19 safety measures wiping out children’s after school activities.

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November Build Battle

Posted on November 22, 2020 game jam

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It's coming!  Are you ready?

This month's theme - DINOSAURS 

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Tech Start-Up Launches UK-First Coding Format for Youngsters

Posted on October 12, 2020 in the press

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The Code Zone has launched in the UK, plugging Britain’s coding skills shortage with an interactive virtual club for youngsters aged 6 to 14.

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Women in Coding

Posted on September 28, 2020 diversity in code

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Lucy Woodhead on her experience as a woman in coding, and why diversity in the technoloy sector starts with our children's education.

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The Code Zone Secures Funding

Posted on June 10, 2020

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The Code Zone Secures funding for new online platform from Innovate UK

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Virtual Reality Safety

Posted on December 09, 2019 club updates

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We have started using Virtual Reality in our clubs, but there are a few things to be aware of.

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The Origins of The Code Zone

Posted on April 27, 2019

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The Code Zone was formed to fill a gap, to overcome gender and diversity barriers in code and to boost lots of other soft-skills in children.

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