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Promoting your Code Club

Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:57 am

It's that time of year when a lot of Code Clubs are getting started and have new intakes of children. How do you encourage children to come to your club?
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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:21 pm

Mine is all a bit Field of Dreams, a teacher and I build it and the kids just come.

I remember when it was completely new to the school I went in to an assembly to tell the kids (and the other teachers) about Code Club. I think that helped build excitement around it and they realised they could be part of a big community of clubs.
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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:34 pm

The council/libraries do it in media e.g. online and pamphlet.
Also at the library buildings which are often multi use now so gets a wide audience.
The one near me has a waiting list.
This is in the East Riding.

My local (sons) primary school just has it as an after school activity, I don't think it really needs any advertising as people always go.
I think that had to stop it for year 6's due to to much demand.

I've not seen any older than primary school age CodeClubs crop up yet.

Not my CodeClubs but the ones I know of.

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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:42 pm

The Code Club I volunteer at is advertised on posters in the library (where the club is held) and on the library web site. We currently have a large waiting list of kids wanting to join.
bensimmo wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:34 pm
I've not seen any older than primary school age CodeClubs crop up yet.
We have been considering running one but haven't sorted it out yet. We may not have enough volunteers for it.

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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:12 pm

I originally started by introducing the Digital Leaders at the school (which my son was attending at the time) to Physical Computing with the Raspberry Pi, and that has grown into 2 or 3 clubs a week. The clubs are just listed with the rest of the after-school clubs and numbers can vary from 6 to 24, depending on which club and what else is on that day.

Kids mostly join because they've heard about it from friends, and we have a fair number that have been members for a year or more.

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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:06 pm

rpdom wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:42 pm
The Code Club I volunteer at is advertised on posters in the library (where the club is held) and on the library web site. We currently have a large waiting list of kids wanting to join.
bensimmo wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:34 pm
I've not seen any older than primary school age CodeClubs crop up yet.
We have been considering running one but haven't sorted it out yet. We may not have enough volunteers for it.

I run a club at Paignton Library we have about 7/8 kids, I was thinking of asking the parents of the children that attend about volunteering, the advantage (to me at least) would be they already know about code club and if their kids are excited about going, it provides an incentive to volunteer and help out.

I have already printed off the cc safeguarding guide code of conduct, etc as well as some library volunteer forms, so if anyone says yes I am ready to hand out related paperwork etc.

If you're not set up yet have a look at the code club website and see if there is anyone local who is looking to get involved.

Hope this helps

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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:13 pm

psutton wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:06 pm
rpdom wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:42 pm
The Code Club I volunteer at is advertised on posters in the library (where the club is held) and on the library web site. We currently have a large waiting list of kids wanting to join.
If you're not set up yet have a look at the code club website and see if there is anyone local who is looking to get involved.
I've been joint-running our main club for nearly three years now. That's for the 8-11 year olds (although we did have a 7 year old for a while - she'd been on the waiting list since she was six and really enjoyed it). I've been on the code club website, but there aren't any volunteers available in our area.

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Re: Promoting your Code Club

Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:37 pm

I didn't advertise at first as I started our club with a small group just to make sure the computers were up to the jobs etc.. I didn't realise at first that they have the old version of scratch installed for example, and so we ended up using scratch through the browser.

Now we now more what we are doing I found that the intake could be bigger and realised that it was down to parents and children not really knowing what a code club is. So I went in to talk to the year 4 class just before the summer holidays so that as they joined year 5 and were offered the club they would know what it is. This worked really well but actually too well because we ended up with more people wanting to attend than we could accommodate with machines! Good to be busy though :D

Karen

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