It started last year (2016) when I thought I wanted to set up a trial on an hour of coding for my friends’ kids and neighbours. This is when I discovered that code.org is organising “Hour Of Code” campaign since 4 years ago. I did the “Hour of Code” sessions in small scale for my friends’ kids in the area of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia and Putrajaya, Malaysia. Simultaneously, I did shared the news on the social media that has left people wondering, what was I doing with such an activity. What is coding? They have wondered.
This year, out of requests, I have conducted three more sessions of Computer Coding for Kids which were conducted in the month of December in conjunction of the global “Hour of Code” campaign. The Computer Coding for Kids that I have conducted this year are as the following details:
- December 5th, 2017 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.
- December 8th, 2017 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
- December 28th, 2017 in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
I have received tremendous responses and positive feedbacks on the interests that parents have shown on sending their children to these sessions. I was enjoying myself too meeting these enthusiastic coders and computer savvy children. As a matter of fact, I have divided the children into 2 main categories, i.e. Category of 6-9 years old and Category of 10-13 years old. However, coding has no age limit and there were a number of children that were not bounded to these age categories that I have accepted for the sessions.
As a result, the children from the Category of 6-9 years old had followed the modules and activities from selected section code of the code.org and hourofcode.com web portals. Where as, the children from the Category of 10-13 years old had followed the modules of Basic Scratch programming with the task given to them was to set a game named “FishBall” (Vorderman, 2015). The children had successfully completed the task and to my surprise, it was done in less than 2 hours.
The following lists are the the links of the games from the children of the 3 sessions and can be run on most web application platform by using desktop computers (it does not work on mobile platforms). Pick one and try to play it. I am pleased to learn that they have grabbed the gists of the lesson and had enjoyed their coding sessions:
- Fishball game by Fazz204: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190867986/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by Invoker27: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/190867597/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by FoxGamerPlays: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191914373/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by Aimaan651: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191918873/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by alyanadhirah_: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191914888/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by CaptTurtle: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191916133/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by imanezz: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191915287/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by MLPRONOOOB: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191915450/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by TAFFY20: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191913108/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by hirinsgame: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191913944/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by YT43: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191915921/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by wawa235: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/191917519/#fullscreen
- Fishball game by muazpro9407: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/195494279/#fullscreen
- Vorderman, C. (2014). Computer Coding for Kids. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., UK.
- Vorderman, C. (2015). Coding With Scratch Made Easy. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., UK.