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GamesCon 2017

Still time to register a team or teams for Aberdeenshire’s first ever GamesCon.

This is an exciting opportunity for pupils in P6 and P7 to work together in teams to create a game in Scratch or Tinker. Games don’t need to be complicated but need to include an Internet Safety theme. We hope to involve local media to capture the event final which will be held at Robert Gordons University on the 22nd June.

Please email susan.sey@aberdeenshire.gov.uk and I’ll add your teams to the list.

Teams need to be registered by 27th January 2017!

More information can be found on the GamesCon blog which can be accessed by clicking on the graphic below.


Free Micro:bits, but you need to move quickly!

img_2725Another chance to get your hands on micro:bits!

Over the summer we gave away free BBC micro:bits to active Code Clubs across the UK. We’re really pleased that we are now able to run another micro:bit giveaway to clubs that may have missed out the first time!

The micro:bit, measuring just 4cm by 5cm, is a micro controller which children can use to code and create anything they set their minds to. It’s intended as a starter device to give children a basic introduction to physical computing and tinkering.

In order to qualify for micro:bits, you’ll need to make sure your club is registered and active on our website by Wednesday 14 December. If you applied for micro:bits over the summer, unfortunately you won’t be able to apply again.

In the new year, each eligible Code Club will be able to apply for micro:bits. Applications will open at midday on 11th January, and close on 1st February at midday, so stay tuned for more information then.

As before, clubs will need to pay £5 for postage, and shipping will be fulfilled by our lovely friends at Pimoroni after the applications close.

In the mean time, why not check out Code Club’s micro:bit projects at jumpto.cc/microbit. You can also find out more general information about using the micro:bit here.

24 Hour of Code resources


Looking to get your learners going with resources for this weeks global Hour of Code? Looking to integrate computer science into the school day all year long? Here are a handful of resources for computer science and coding. Teachers who are ready to jump into the Hour of Code or looking for inspiration as they design a new curriculum will find lots to choose from on this list.

Click here to access the resources


Computing across the curriculum using BBC Micro:bits

Computing across the curriculum using BBC Micro:bits Webinar > Wednesday 9th Nov 16:00- 16:30

These devices were issued (or are in the process of being issued) to all S2 pupils in Scotland. Find out how they can be using across the curriculum by registering for the webinar.

If you don’t have any but would like to use them with your class then they can be ordered at a cost of £13 each.

// Computing across the curriculum with BBC micro:bits


  • Introducing Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Stephen Richards
  • The focus will not be on using devices but on teaching and learning in the subject and using devices to support learning and boost engagement where and when it might be appropriate.
  • How to utilise micro:bits in your own classroom
  • Q & A

Click on the link below to register



Hour of Code 7th -13th December FREE RESOURCES

hour-of-code-logoThe Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organise an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.


Here are a few comments about coding and computer science from well known persons

Will I am ( in 2013)

Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur

“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“

Mark Zuckerberg

Founder, Facebook

“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“


How can you get involved

Go to code.org and stat the tutorials. It is as easy as that! You could work through tutorial together as a , or learners could log on at home and complete  tutorials. Anyone can do this from primary 1 to S6.

Hour of Code this year is  December 7-13, why not go to the site  (scroll down for registration form ) register your class or school and get coding!