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Happy Programmer’s Day - 13 / 09 / 2017

Today is a special day for all our young coders. Many people observe International Programmers’ Day on the 256th day of the year because “256” (28) is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an 8-bit byte, and 256 is the highest power of 2 that is less than 365, the number …

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Managing screen time – when, where and how? - 31 / 03 / 2017

One of our favourite parent blogs, Tech Age Kids has been asking readers to answer a series of questions about Kids, Parenting and Tech.

With the holidays coming up and kids out of school we thought we would take a stab at this one:

How does your family manage device usage or screen time? (Tablets, …

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Wandsworth students work - 08 / 03 / 2017

We’ve been running an amazing project this year teaching JavaScript at 10 secondary schools in Wandsworth Council. The students have been blogging about their work as they go:

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The Best Coding Toys Being Released in 2017 - 20 / 01 / 2017

If you’re after a gift for the coding mad kid in your life, check out a few of the newest coding toys that will be released this year.


Lego Boost 17101 Creative Toolbox.




The LEGO Boost 17101 Creative Toolbox is a kit that allows young kids to build and program motorized LEGO robots and models.

This …

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Christmas Gift Guide for Young Coders - 29 / 11 / 2016

Christmas shopping is often a hard task. Never fear! We have put together a list of our favourite toys for coding kids to keep them having fun (and learning!) over the Christmas break.

1. Code Monkey Island

Code Monkey Island is an educational board game which teaches children the fundamentals of computer science. …

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Which Laptop Should I Buy for My Child? - 28 / 11 / 2016

Choosing a laptop for your child can be a daunting task for any parent.

Here we give our recommendations on laptops which are suitable for children, and which we use in our clubs and camps ourselves!




Chromebooks are lightweight with long battery lives. What makes them great for kids is the parental controls where you can create …

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Kensal Rise kids work live online! - 24 / 03 / 2016

We’ve posted some student work from the Kensal Rise club to our github…
You can see it all at:
Here are some of our faves:
CC’s robot
ICJ’s particles
RL’s animated shapes
Warning! Not for the faint of heart!!

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Become a blue{shift} Ambassador! - 19 / 01 / 2016

In an effort to continue to build on the outstanding momentum of blue{shift}’s successful classes to date, we are looking to recruit dedicated “School Ambassadors” to help assist us in spreading the blue{shift} story by encouraging even more schools to join us as hosts for our popular after school clubs for the summer 2016 term …

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Amazing Halloween games made this October half-term - 12 / 11 / 2015

Use the right and left arrows to avoid the falling planets and save Frankenstein from being turned into a skeleton!
See the project on the Scratch website.

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Kids Get Coding - 02 / 11 / 2015



Exciting online activities for young programmmers coming soon!
Check back here for a number of activities to accompany the ‘Kids Get Coding!’ book series. We will have games, puzzles, challenges and more…

Happy coding…

the blue{shift} team


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