Going online has helped Sanctuary Point Coding Club win STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) technology for the Club.
Club members were very disappointed when library programs were cancelled due to COVID. Ten kids aged 7 to 10 years usually meet each Wednesday afternoon during the school term to learn how to code games and animations in the Scratch environment, a free, block based programming language and online community.
Their first online session in May corresponded with Moonhack, an international event that brings together kids from across the world for a week of coding.
By sharing and tagging how they were preparing for Moonhack on social media, the Club went in the draw to win $3000 of STEM technology.
Mayor Amanda Findley said, “This is a fantastic example of our library staff making the most of digital opportunities while we can’t run our usual library programs.”
“The theme this year was sustainability, so our library staff designed a save the trees game and filmed a tutorial for the kids that premiered on the library Facebook page,” said Clr Findley.
“The fact that they won $3,000 worth of STEM technology just underlines how important it is to adapt to our current situation,” she said.
“Code Club initiative, a free support and resource hub to get kids coding, advised our library staff on the best tech for the club. Library staff will be able to utilise these items when physical programming recommences,” said Clr Findley.
The Club’s winning entry game can be viewed via the Sanctuary Point Code Club studio link along with some other games from their online Coding Club.