Here’s a new resource that walks your through 8 ways to make code club more “fun!”
Why? Because all of our code clubs could stand a good dash of fun now and then.
1. Background Music
A little background music just helps the kids know they’re allowed to be loud during code club.
2. Spontaneous Show & Tells
“Hey, who likes Pokemon? Who wants to see an awesome Pokemon game.” A bunch of kids will wander over to take a look. It’s super fun!
3. Ending Show & Tell
Dedicate the last 15 minutes of code club to a dedicated “Show and Tell” time where students can stand up, plug their computer into a tv or projector, and show what they’re working on.
4. Coder of the week
Every week pick one coder who gets to plug their computer into a TV or projector and code all day on the big screen.
5. Ice Breakers
Start code clubs with an Ice Breaker question or activity. Fiero has a shared Google Doc that has questions and activities from code club facilitators from around the world.
6. Pair Up!
Encourage students to pair up and work on a project (Mission) together.
8. Peer Reviews
Do “Peer Reviews” where students review each other’s projects and provide suggestions for making it better.
- Arrange the room so it doesn’t feel like a classroom – maybe use a room with couches / comfy chairs if you can.
- Pull out a robot or Makey Makey and get a whole group hovering around a single robot.