Beginner’s Guide

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The Commissioner’s robot Cody Buttons​ likes human beings so has prepared a selection of favourite digital thinking activities for beginners.

Children only need to complete four activities to complete the Challenge.

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The Story of Cody Buttons

The Commissioner’s robot, Cody Buttons, was given their surname by Yasser aged 9 in the ‘Name the Commissioner’s Robot’ competition in October 2018.

Cody Buttons likes their name very much so sent Yasser $100 worth of gift cards to thank him for coming up with it.

 

The name’s Buttons.
Cody Buttons.

Thanks for my name Yasser!

Monster Maker Activity

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A basic intro to block-based coding from Grok Learning™ where you will be making cute monsters.

Minecraft®
Activity

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Learn the basics of programming in familiar territory with this Hour of Code™ activity from Code.org.

If you aren’t sure how to use the drag n’ drop n’ click process when using block-based coding, try Grok Learning’s Monster Maker activity first.

Code a dance party Activity

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Express your creativity with a range of characters and dance tracks in this Hour of Code™ activity from Code.org.

If you aren’t sure how to use the drag n’ drop n’ click process when using block-based coding, try Grok Learning’s Monster Maker activity first.

Code a Galaxy
Activity

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Build a Galaxy with Code.org’s Hour of Code™ activity.

If you aren’t sure how to use the drag n’ drop n’ click process when using block-based coding, try Grok Learning’s Monster Maker activity first.

Lightbot
Activity

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Guide your lightbot around the puzzles to start learning how to sequence instructions, write procedures, and use loops with this Hour of Code™ activity from Code.org and lightbot™.

Suitable for modern browsers, Android tablet, iPad, Android phone, iPhone.

Javascript Animals
Activity

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You’ve tried block-based coding. Now try a bit of JavaScript with this Hour of Code™ activity from Code.org and Codemoji™.

Javascript is used for web and can even be used for driving robotics and the Internet of Things.

Suitable for all modern browsers.

Paired Programming

Working through the activities with a parent / carer / family member / friend is a great way to take the Challenge.

Your certificate

Once you have completed four activities, don’t forget to submit your Coding Record by 27 September 2019 to claim your certificate of achievement from the Commissioner.

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