How Kitticode introduces coding to your child?

We have mixed experience levels in our classes. We work with each individual child – setting them exercises and projects that bring out their creativity as well as coding skills.
To get a great start
Scratch Junior – works on a tablet or ipad and has very good coding basics that is visual based – drag and drop – so no reading required.
Scratch on laptop – this requires good mouse operation – we use a couple of programs in class that make it fun and also develop spatial skills. Scratch is brilliant – it allows a great range of creativity – make videos, games, stories. Suitable from 6 – 12. It requires basic reading – AND we find the children motivated to learn the short words in scratch.
The foos on ipad/phone – does not require reading – is based on scratch so quite similar and has a great structured approach.
Then:
Minecraft with a creative and educational focus: music in minecraft, project building, redstone electronics (in-game). See our other blogs on creative minecraft
Kitticode designs our programs to be a fun mix of activities – to create optimum conditions for loving learning. Indoors/outdoors, games, creative exercises focused around the coding projects they are doing. So you will find them designing and storyboarding, pitching their ideas, building prototypes with blocks, and playing physical maths and coding games.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day !!
Alex has been busy designing minecraft exercises and mods for our classes and was inspired to make a minecraft redstone “ I love you “ for his beautiful wife Zoe. I persuaaaded him to share it with our community.

Today is a great opportunity to say thank you to all the people who inspire us. And yes – we could do it every day – but we don’t. And guess what – being appreciative is great for our mental health. So please share our minecraft I LOVE YOU and give a gift that makes everyone happy.

If you want to make your own here are Alex’s instructions.

Setup:

  • Super flat world or a world with large flat spaces
  • Creative mode

Tricks:

  • The wooden plate can be triggered by not only mobs and players but also entities; an arrow shot on the wooden plate can keep it on forever; if you want to turn it off, just pick up the arrow
  • Hide the wires under the ground as much as possible to make the design clean
  • Use repeaters to extend the power signals when necessary (the normal signal can reach 15 blocks only)

Ingredients:

  • Redstone lamp
  • Redstone dust
  • Repeater
  • Wooden plate
  • Bow and arrow

Steps:

  • Place the blocks of redstone lamp on the ground
  • Assemble them to the shape and sentence in your mind (i.e., the heart, ILOVEU)
  • Put the wooden plate at the center of the heart as the power source
  • Wire the blocks together with redstone dust
  • “time set night”, fly to the sky, shoot the arrow and enjoy!