Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation Launch

September / October 2017

On the 24th of November we held the launch of the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation. The guest speakers included Bill Thompson (BBC Click), Andy Payne OBE (British Esports Association, Games Aid, Special Effect), Mark Thomas (Coderus) and Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid (University of Suffolk) and Matthew C. Applegate (Creative Computing Club / Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation).


The event was hosted by the Eastern Enterprise Hub in the Aquarium to a full house of guests from all over Suffolk. The catering was provided by Cult Cafe and staffed by volunteers from the Creative Computing Club. It was a fantastic evening of talks and discussion about technology, education and what the Creative Computing Club CIC has been achieving with young people in Suffolk and how the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation aims to add to that.



Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation launch. We sincerely hope you found it both informative and entertaining.

You can now donate online through paypal by following the link below. We can even claim Gift Aid if you allow us to collect your postal address.


  Online

The launch was also a huge success online with the #CCCCFLaunch and @CCCCFSuffolk trending in Suffolk for three days and was tweeting by over 500 people and seen by over 100,000 people across the world.



Sponsors

We are very grateful to have these organisations as sponsors to the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation. They have have helped us tremendously as an organisation both finacially and through their considerable experience in technology and video games. If you wish to sponsor the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation with a substantial donation or on behalf of an organisation, or sponsor the Creative Computing Club CIC please get in contact at info@creativecomputingclub.com





Thank you again for your support, let's work together to ensure that Suffolk becomes a leader in technology skills for young people.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation Founder & Trustee
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club Makes A Lot of Games

September / October 2017

September and October was all about gaming for the Creative Computing Club from making games, running a 24 Hour Games Jam to traveling to EGX in Birmingham for a massive games expo. All four 12 to 16-year-old groups took part in the games making course which included remaking classic games from the 1980's using the excellent Game Maker software.


With the 8 week course over it was time for the Creative Computing Club to run its first 24 hour Games Jam where the young people had to design and build as much of a game as possible by the end of the 24 hours. The theme which was given at the start of the Games Jam was "Trick Or Treat" and the winning team took home a huge bundle of games a software donated by Bundle Stars / Fanatical. The winning team made "Give Me Sweets or Die" which was a fully working demo with online leaderboard, which was incredibly impressive given the timeframe.



Meanwhile, the Under 11's have been hard at work learning the fundamentals of computer programming using Processing and creating generative computer art.

They are now joined on Fridays by Megan, a former Creative Computing Club member and Creative Computing Clubs' first employee.

  EGX, Birmingham Trip

On the 23rd of September we took a minibus of Creative Computing Club members to EGX in Birmingham to see what the game industry is up to and to play on a lot of great games old and new. They got to talk to a lot of game developers, universities and some former Creative Computing Club members who were demoing their first commercial game "RUYA".







We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club 2017 Questionnaire Summary

September 2017

The Creative Computing Club is a community interest company, therefore the positive impact we have on young people's lives, the educational and social opportunities we provide them are of more importance to us than generating a profit.



Out of the 39 young people we work with on a weekly basis, we got 25 responses from the young people and 19 completed questionnaires from the parents. A full breakdown of those numbers can be found in the reports. Overall we are very pleased that both parents and students feel that the young people we work with are gaining more confidence, technology skills and social skills from attending the Creative Computing Club.
You can download the attendee questionnaire summary here, and you can download the parent questionnaire summary here. There is some lovely feedback and it has allowed us to create new goals for the Creative Computing Club.




We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club Work Hard and Play Hard!

July / August 2017


We have had an incredibly busy 8 weeks over the summer which had us running an Cram Week where we worked through the fourteen chapters in the iGCSE Computer Science coursebook. We also had a week long gaming marathon full of retro gaming, D&D and VR check out the full gallery here.

Behind the scenes the Creative Computing Club has been busy and have had the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation approved by the charities commission. It is now registered charity number 1174658.

You can attend the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation launch event on November 24th, it is a free event and tickets are available from eventbrite here.

Finally thanks to O'reily for supporting the games week and offering up some great books as prizes!






We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club, some virtual, some reality!

May / June 2017


In another action packed 8 weeks Group A & B have been trying out the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR & PSVR on their virtual reality course. Group C & D have been playing with Lasers. Group E the Under 11s have had their animation course be sure to check out our Youtube page here and the video below. The automated herb garden is complete so they should be receiving their certificates shortly but sadly the launch of the high altitude balloon has been delayed until later in the summer when we can get a good launch opportunity.



Behind the scenes it has been incredibly hectic. Firstly, we have started our crowdfunding campaign to build a Creative Computing Centre you can check it out here.

Secondly, we have also been busy filing paperwork for the Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation more details of that can be found here. The Creative Computing Club Charitable Foundation helps young people aged 11 to 22 in Suffolk from low income families purchase computers and software to help with their studies.

Finally, Matthew has been successfully nominated for the BAFTA YGD Mentor for his work with the Creative Computing Club!




We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club is Doing Some Serious Science!

March / April 2017


It has been another jam packed two months of learning and gaming, fitting in two huge projects as well as hosting a gaming marathon. We currently have two groups completing their British Science Association Silver Award for their automated Herb Garden and two groups completing it by building and launching a High Altitude Balloon in May. They dropped a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 from over 100 feet (with a parachute) and it landed safely.

We are really proud of a number of our students who were lucky enough to take part in a three day residential course with GCHQ and Royal Holloway University, they had an awesome time and learned loads from the experience.

The under 11's (Group E) performed Romeo & Juliet, made 2D art, 3D sculpture created haikus and made music machines in Minecraft for their Trinity Arts award.

We also hosted a gaming marathon and raised over £200 for Stand Up To Cancer on JustGiving here!



             

We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club, robots and Artificial Intelligence!

January / February 2017


It has been a wonderful first two months at Creative Computing Club making robots, making Artificial Intelligence and having fun. The under 11's group is growing and working hard towards their British Science Association Crest Discovery Award.

We are pleased to announce we have the results for the first cohort of iGCSE students ten students entered and ten students passed. One A, four Bs, three Cs and two Ds and they did it in 9 months, very pleased and very proud of their hard work.

One of the things we did in February was to host an emergency games jam to raise money for The Bus Shelter Project which is a project to convert a bus into a shelter for homeless people in Ipswich. We were able to donate over £160 from our last minute gaming marathon and we were very pleased we could help. Here is a nice article about it all here.

We will be moving on to launching a High Altitude Balloon and building two more automated herb gardens in March and April, so there will be more fun and chaos on the way.




We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club tries out some new tech!

September / October 2016


It has been a hectic two months at Creative Computing Club we have been fortunate enough to test out the new Playstation VR and it was really great experience. We will be looking at it again in the near future as well as trying out the new HTC Vive VR.

We were also lucky to have the Mayor of Ipswich pop by to see what we have been up to. It was great to have hime visit as he was most impressed by the students and he even invited us to his parlour another time.

Our first cohort of ten students sitting their iGCSE's with us undertook their first exam on the 19th of October and thanks to Parkside Academy it went incredibly smoothly. They will be sitting their practical examination next month and will receive their results in January.

We will be offering another 10 students the opportunity to let 10 students study for their iGCSEs with us in the new year staring in January contact us on info@creativecomputingclub.com for more details.







We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club blossoms!

July / August 2016


It has been another jam packed two months at Creative Computing Club with one group completing their automated herb garden (see video top right), and completing their British Science Award CREST award project, while the other groups get stuck in to some serious game making.

The under 11s group have completed their first course and are now doing a full on 8 week course in game maker and they have some brilliant ideas about what games should be like.

While Creative Computing at Parkside Academy is in full swing with all of the year 10s engaging with Programming in Processing and Game Maker.

In other news Creative Computing Club has been awarded a place in Nesta's Make Things Do Stuff Directory here. as well as being awarded membership of the Future 50 group you can find out more information about it here.


      
                  

We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club grows and grows!

May / June 2016


It has been another exciting two months at Creative Computing Club with one group building an automated herb garden, while the other groups ventured in to the world of 3D programming in Unity. We had a gaming marathon to raise funds for the Creative Computing Club to create a separate charity and raised £500.

Now Groups A, B and D are adventuring in to the Internet of Things building web apps to control battling robots while group C are making Youtube videos,learning all about green screen, audio recording, video editing and more to earn a Trinity Discover Arts Award.

We have also started an little Under 11s group and they will be looking at coding in different languages over the next 8 weeks.

In other news Matthew has been nominated for the BAFTA YGD Mentor Award and has recently won the Raising the Bar Unsung Hero Award for his work with the Creative Computing Club.









We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club builds and builds!

March / April 2016


Again it has been another hectic but fun couple of months at the Creative Computing Club in March we raised £310 for 4YP a local youth health service by running a 12 hour gaming marathon. You can check out a video of the event here and you can find out more about 4YP here. For the most part in March and April we very very deep in to Python Programming learning how to scrape the web for data, use the Met Office API and do some lovely Minecraft ™ hacking.

We were also fortunate enough to get a hold of a few BBC Microbits, a lovely little gadget that does loads of good things and has helped kids in Suffolk get involved in coding.

Now Groups A, B and D are adventuring in to Unity 2D and 3D programming while group C are building an automated herb garden that is monitored and watered by a Raspberry Pi™ to earn a British Science Association Bronze Crest Award.

In other news Matthew has been asked to become a permanent member of staff at UCS on the Games Programming BSc so he will be returning to the newly built games lab in September.

Matthew has been nominated for an award in the Raising the Bar Awards for the work he has been doing with Creative Computing Club more details soon!





We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club expands and accelerates!

January / February 2016


To say we have been busy is a little bit of an understatement. Let's see, in January we started running our own Cambridge iGCSE course for ten students, visited the UCS Global Games Jam. Ten participants earned British Science Association Bronze Crest Awards and one earned a Discovery Award for the High Altitude Project. We discovered that we were also featured a lot in the Fujitsu Education Bett 2016 video which is here and below.

In February we finished our AccelEd project with Ipswich academy helping ten students focus on their digital skills and prepare them for their future. Course wise we ran Processing and Advanced Processing. Twenty two participants took part in a special Safer Internet Day Session and all of the Creative Computing Club participants received a certificate from Autism & ADHD for helping raise £250.00 from our last gaming marathon.

In February Matthew took part in Safeguarding training and spoke at the second Ipswich Raspberry Jam about technology education in Suffolk.

The club continues to grow in number and the upcoming games marathon to raise funds for 4YP on March 12th looks to be the biggest yet.

Over March and April we will be running Python and Advanced Python over four full groups at the Intel Fujitsu Innovation Hub and as the weather improves we will look to start some new "outside" technology courses.



We will have lots of new courses listed soon, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


Creative Computing Club gets even more creative!

November / December 2015


We appear to be a little late with our November round up, but for good reason. We have been busy, busy, busy. We have had another good month with lots of activity Group A & B have finished their Computer Art courses, Group C has finished their Game Maker course and Group D has finished their Arduino course just in time for Xmas and a new start when we get back to it in January.


It has been a really lovely month for the team behind Creative Computing Club as Matthew was nominated for the BBC's Make it Digital Ones to Watch for all the teaching and tech work he does. Although he didn't win he was really grateful for all the nominations and the recognition.

Secondly we were able to donate not one, not two but three new iPad Air 2s to Parkside School. They are a wonderful little school and it is part of the Creative Computing Clubs commitment to help local organisations with their access to technology.

And as mention last month few of the Creative Computing Club members got to go help out Fujitsu in London, more news on the project when it is all completed. Here is a sneak peak of what we did, if you look closely you can see a few members of the Creative Computing Club dotted amongst other tech people in this ad for the Bett 2016 show. We are also featured in their blog/interview here.

We will have lots of new courses listed soon and a schedule for the entire year online too, join the Facebook Page to get regular updates and be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club gets involved!

October 31st, 2015





It has been an incredibly busy month at Creative Computing Club, not only have we been working very hard but we have also been playing very hard too! We had some excellent events in October, first up we had the first balloon launch of "CCC Invictus" on October 24th (see the interactive app below). Press "Space" to stop and start, "Left" and "Right" to move backward and forward through the data. Available for PC and MAC.

Next up we had our 12 Hour Game Marathon on October 30th to raise money for Autism & ADHD a wonderful Ipswich based organisation which has help loads of people across Suffolk. So we just wanted to show our support for it by hosting a marathon, we have raised around £230.00 in total and you can stil donate via the JustGiving website here.


Finally, a few of the Creative Computing Club members got to go help out Fujitsu in London, more news on the project when it is all completed. We are also featured in their blog/interview here.

Soon the Creative Computing Club will be exploring computer art with virtual reality, augmented reality, anaglyph and stereoscopic imagery and more in Groups A & B. Group C will be continuing with "Game Maker" while Group D is heading in to the wonderful world of "Arduino".

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club takes to the skies!

October 3rd, 2015

We are getting our September blog post in a little late as we have been so busy, but a good busy, helping lots of new people get involved with coding and technology.

As we now have four groups; Groups A & B are building their near-space probes and testing parachutes, group C have just finished their Arduino course looking at robotic arms and are now about to go on to Game Maker. While Group D are halfway through their first course learning how to program in Processing. It is all go!

Next week we start our fifth group at Ipswich Academy under the Ipswich Borough Council & Northgate Foundation funded "AccelEd Project" created by Creative Computing Club. It is an intense four month project that will take ten students through robotics, electronics, programming and game design.

I think the best thing to do now is to show you how busy we have been with pictures!!!









Soon the Creative Computing Club will be exploring computer art with virtual reality, augmented reality, anaglyph and stereoscopic imagery and more. We also have our two space probe launches on October 24th and a 12 hour gaming marathon on October 30th in support of Ipswich Autism & ADHD. So we are looking at another busy and exciting month and we will report back to you as soon as we are done.

If you shop at the co-op and your child goes to Creative Computing Club you can hand in your green tokens to support the club. It is coming up to the end of the three month campaign and we wish the other two organisations the best of luck in the future and thank the East of England Co-op for their support. That's it for now!

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.
             



Creative Computing Club CIC is one year old!

Augsust 31st, 2015

As of today Creative Computing Club CIC is one year old although have been around since March 2012 we only formed as a proper organisation last August. It has been an amazing year and our CIC (not for profit) status has allowed us to apply for funding so we could do bigger and better projects as well as reach more people.

In our first year we have helped well over a hundred kids in to a world of technology, taught more than 300 hours of coding, we have run sessions on Processing, Arduino, Game Maker, Raspberry Pi™, Web development and more. We have run several one-off workshops all over Suffolk with The Mix Stowmarket, Activities Unlimited and home educated children.

As it stands we currently have four groups who regularly meet in Ipswich, A & B on Wednesdays and C & D on Tuesdays. We are also now working with Parkside School to improve engagement with ICT and with UCS of the Computer Games Programming Degree to further extend the opportunities the people in Suffolk have for getting involved in Technology.










On the business side of things we are busy preparing our accounts and will publish them as soon as they have been checked by the accountants. Don't expect record profits as we are a not-for-profit so we have been making the Creative Computing Club as fun and accessible as we possibly could. We will also be publishing our minutes from our board meetings as promised.

It is an exciting time we are planning to have out Minecraft™ Arts Award available soon, as well as a special Minecraft™ programming qualification available soon, all of the materials are currently being double checked and all parties are happy before they are released. We will obviously shout about it when it is ready.

As of September we will be moving from Arlingtons Brasserie to the Intel Fujitsu Innovation Hub for the Saturday Social Sessions. We are incrediby grateful to Arlingtons Brasserie for hosting us for the last couple months, their wifi, air printing and amazing smoothies were a real nice end of week treat. Do check them out, amazing food.

And finally, a huge thanks to all of those other people organisations who have helped Creative Computing Club over the past year; Unltd, HTK, The Northgate Foundation, Google, AQA, Visuads, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Pop Print Studio, Ipswich Borough Council, UCS, The Mix, Ipswich Makerspace, Greenfinch Church, UCS Community Fund, Peter Onion, Ipswich Town Hall, Suffolk Libraries and Arlingtons Brasserie. Thanks to all the participants and parents for making this the best year yet it would not have been as fun with out you.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club is making new friends!

July 31st, 2015

We have had a great month at Creative Computing Club. During the last week of July we had our games week, a 5 day gaming extravaganza filled with game competitions of all kinds. This games week has been kindly supported by Mastertronic, Wales Interactive, Upfall Studios and Greenman Loaded with a great donation of loads of Steam game codes. We have had video games, board games, watched documentaries and interviews about games and we still have a couple days left!

Group C the Tuesday group that meet at the Intel Fujitsu lab has finished their first course in programming and will come back in August to start Arduino programming while groups A & B continue with their crash course in Raspberry Pi™.

We have also started one-off taster sessions for home-ed groups running a crash course in robotics, next up we will have a crash course in Game Maker.










Some of you may remember we were recently nominated for Raising the Bar Award at the EADT's Business Awards we didn't win, but we got a shiny award and we got to meet the great people at Noise Solution who did. They do wonderful things and you can check them out here.

For our games week we created some lovely T-shirts featured in our video above these were designed by the very talented Yviemarie Ormsby and you can check out more of her work here and printed by the equally talented Sarah at Pop Print Studios.
        

And finally, last but certainly no least I have taken up two teaching posts in Suffolk. Starting in September I will be teaching Creative Computing at Parkside School in Ipswich as well as teaching on the newly validated Computer Games Programming BSc at University Campus Suffolk. I am really excited to be given the opportunity to work with both of these education establishments, both of whom have been incredibly supportive of the work Creative Computing Club has been doing. So now Creative Computing Club will be working with students aged 8 to adult creating a pipeline and helping them get the skills and qualifications they need to get involved in the world of technology.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.
          



Creative Computing Club and the new kids!

June 27th, 2015

This month has also been about robots and new adventures. As we draw to a close the robotics course with Groups A & B we look forward to starting the Raspberry Pi™ Crash Course in which we will make a few games, do some hardware programming and hopefully make a PiPhone to should how mobile phones are made. A huge thanks to Peter Onion, Ipswich Makerspace and the UCS Community Grant for their donations and helping make this new project possible.

We have also secured funding from Ipswich Borough Council and the Northgate Foundation to work with three local academies, taking 10 students from each and guiding them through a four month accelerated technology programme we have designed called AccelEd. We have got our first group from Westbourne Academy starting soon and we are looking for two other schools who are interested.

The next course we will be moving on to in Sept-Aug is to build a High Altitude Balloon to launch in to near space, take some photos, collect some data and more.






Creative Computing Club is continually and changing shape, we now have our Group C at the intel Fujitsu lab and they are settling in nicely, there was a lot of lovely lightbulb moments as these youngsters learnt how to take control of their computers through programming. There are still a few places and participants can join at any time. See our Upcoming Events Page to join.

We are really pleased to announce the Creative Computing Club is now a finalist for the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards 2015 in the Raising the Bar category more information about it can be found here.

And finally the Creative Computing Club has designed two books to help kids who love Minecraft obtain their Discover and Explore Arts Awards. Make music, perform a play, create 2D and 3D art, write poems and stories all within the Minecraft world. It is all about using what kids like to allow them to explore the arts. The books will be out soon and all the kids at Creative Computing Club will be able to work through it and get a certificate. We are very pleased with how the books have turned out.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club and the Robots!

May 31st, 2015

This month has all been about robots, robots, robots and a lot of 3D printing. The Ipswich Group A & B are learning about motors, servos and more as they have been programming "SCRU-FE's" (three wheeled robots), and "MeArms" (Robotic Arms). Next week it is the quadrupeds and bipeds, then quad-copters, 3D printers and in the final week the lifesize "InMoov" robot.

The next course starting in July is the "PiPhone" where we will be building a mobile phone using a Raspberry Pi™ then later in the year we will be launching a High Altitude Balloon to take pictures and collect data from near space.

Group C who are starting on the 2nd of June at the Intel Fujitsu lab will actually be a 8 to 11 group and they will start with "Processing" and learn the fundamentals of programming.






In November we will be having our annual review where we will talking about all the things we have been getting up to over the past twelve months and what we plan to do over the next twelve months. There will be talks and presentations from the Creative Computing Club and it's participants and will be open to the public. The event page can be found here.

We are really pleased to announce the Creative Computing Club has been nominated for the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards 2015 in the Raising the Bar category more information about it can be found here.



   

And finally the Creative Computing Club celebrated its third anniversary on May the 8th, starting in 2012 we never thought that it would grow to what it is today and we are working hard to make it bigger and better in the future. Sincere thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors for all of your help. As always you can check out all of our stats here.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club is building futures!

April 20th, 2015

We have done a lot of good things at the end of March and early April. First up we hosted an official Arduino Day, helping loads of people get started with Arduino and because of all the cool things we built the club scooped a runners up prize of a £50 voucher at Maplin's "Bring in Your Build" competition after we took them in to Maplin Ipswich.

At The Mix out in Stowmarket we helped 12 out of 12 of our students earn their first AQA Unit Awards for "Building Electronic Circuits" so they will be getting their certificates for that soon! We also did a workshop with children with additional needs through Activities Unlimited, helping them design and create their own video game you can read more about it and download the game here.

We are about to start groups "C" and "D" in Ipswich on Tuesday nights at the Intel Fujitsu Lab at the Jame Hehir Building, we will start with an Introduction to Processing before jumping in to some serious hardware programming.






In terms of the running of Creative Computing Club we have received our second lot of funding from Unltd which is going to be used for training and books. We are going to be undertaking the Arts Award Training to offer the Discover and Explore awards. We have also joined Community Action Suffolk to help with funding applications and the excellent range of staff training it offers.

In addition to this the Creative Computing Club will be attending the Autism Anglia Information Day in Colchester and the Autism & ADHD We're in this Together Conference in Ipswich. All in all a lot of training to make the sessions we offer more beneficial and effective for the participants.
   

A huge thank you to Ipswich Makerspace for their generous donation of several lovely Raspberry Pi cases for our Pis. Ipswich Makerspace are a great bunch of DIY tech enthusiasts who regularly meet up to share their skills and eat cake too! More information about Ipswich Makerspace can be found here.

Last but not least we have our Annual Games Week coming up in July which is now fully booked, a day trip to a cool technology centre in October Half Term and a xmas meal for the Creative Computing Club participants. We are getting a 3D printer soon to build robots with and are also sorting out all of the logistics, safety and lesson plans for an upcoming near space project. So lots of good things and more good things on the way for the Creative Computing Club.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club is on the March!

March 23rd, 2015

March has been an exciting and varied month for Creative Computing Club. Firstly we have completed our first RSA funded project with a Sidegate Primary School, the four week (8 hour course) took the students through the history of platform games, digital illustration, coding and promotion. It culminated with the students taking home a copy of their game to share with friends and family. Be sure to check out the excellent video on the right and you can find out more information and download the game here. We are very excited as our next project will start soon with Aldeburgh Primary school.

Through our continued work throughout Suffolk we have managed to clock up an amazing 200 hours of coding since September 2014 and if all goes well we may be nearing the 1000 hours mark by the end of the year! As always you can check out our stats here.







As for the groups; the two Ipswich groups have moved on to beginner HTML and the Stowmarket Mix group have extended their Arduino course which includes a little bit of robotics and a robot race. The Saturday Social is also growing, the sessions held on Saturday are more about gaming, socialising and picking up a bit of extra coding help.

This Saturday we will be hosting an Arduino Day as part of the official Arduino 2015 Day project which includes a show and tell, a parent and child session as well as an any age session. Spaces are very limited and you can find out our schedule here .

We were thrilled the first time HTK stepped up and offered to sponsor the Creative Computing Club and we have are incredibly grateful that they have now more than doubled their original sponsorship, which will help the club buy additional equipment to provide even more engaging and worthwhile sessions in Suffolk. You can find out more about HTK and their service here.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

That is all for now, but in 2015 let's #getsuffolkcoding.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Even more Creative Computing Club!

February 20th, 2015

Due to the continued high demand for the Creative Computing Club sessions and an increasing waiting list we have decided to seek out new partners and run additional sessions in Ipswich. We have been working hard behind the scenes to get our participants access to the best facilities in inspiring locations and we are pleased to announce not one but two new locations which will allow us to accomodate up to an additional 30 regular participants.

Our first new group will be meeting at the the UCS James Hehir building in the new Intel Fujitsu Innovation Hub which features state of the art equipment and is at the centre of the games design facility (which a number of our students aspire to attend in the future). Our second group will be meeting at the new Suffolk Libraries Innovation Hub above the Ipswich Library, again this this venue boasts an exciting array of facilities which will provide our students with an incredible learning environment.






We have been very fortunate in being offered to work with these great organisations and they both fit within our goals of providing worthwhile and engaging sessions for participants in Suffolk, so we are very excited about being able to expand and alleviate or ever growing waiting list. So let's #getsuffolkcoding!

In other news our funding from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts has arrived and we are starting our first project with Sidegate Lane Primary School and Aldeburgh Primary School shortly, in which we will work with the students to learn about and make a video game. In addition to this the Creative Computing Club will create publicly accessible learning resources on our virtual learning environment for other schools and home educators to access.


Participants working hard at the Game Maker crash course at The Mix, Stowmarket on February 18th, 2015 as part of their Half-term Hangout.

Finally we are truly grateful for being awarded a UCS Community Fund and a private donation from a colleague Peter Onion, which has allowed us to purchase a set of Raspberry Pi 2's for the club, this will allow the participants to try out another type of hardware platform giving them an even broader range of experience with technology.

As ever it has been another crazy, busy but exciting month at Creative Computing Club and we are truly grateful for all of the public support we have been given.

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment. We will be updating it with all of the new courses, groups and locations shortly.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Centre?

January 31st, 2015

It has been such a hectic month at Creative Computing Club that I have only just got to writing the blog and it is the last day of the month! A lot has happened and a lot has happened faster than I thought it would. In Ipswich we now have a second group on Wednesdays at UCS meeting at 6:30pm til 8pm, both the Ipswich groups are learning Game Maker and have already completed their first game prototype. While the Thursday sessions at The Mix have doubled in size just in time for them to start learning hardware programming on the Arduino, culminating in programming robots!

The biggest news of all however this month is that we have taken over the Giles Room in Ipswich Town hall, to make Creative Computing Centre thanks to the support of ReCreate, Ipswich Borough Council, and Councillor David Ellesmere, which allows us to teach children with higher needs during the day and work with those children who are outside of mainstream education.






We are now up to five regularly meeting groups not including our Saturday social club which is free to all members who currently go to sessions in the week. It is a 4 hour drop-in session, to learn a little bit more, play games and socialise with members of other groups. As always our live stats about what we do can be found here on our Club Stats page and in January we brooke the 100 hours of coding since September. #getsuffolkcoding.

In February we will start publishing our minutes on a rolling six month delay, so you can see what we have been up to behind the scenes as well as see how we have been using the funding we have received from our sponsors and the paid work we do.

We will also shortly be applying to take students through the GCSE Computing with either the AQA or OCR syllabus so our students can also be credited for the hard work they do in the sessions.


We are hoping to launch our video series shortly to compliment our ever increasing VLE, with an introduction video for each language we teach initially and then expand to cover all of the tutorials we have already.

We also have a one-off Free Crash Course in Game Maker at The Mix in Stowmarket on February 18th, 12pm-4pm so sign up now to avoid disappointment. It is going to be great fun.

Last but not least I have been having meetings with various businesses across Suffolk to enable our students to get discounts on various products and services related to the cool stuff we do at Creative Computing Club. So overall lots of good news and lots more to come.

I think we are doing pretty well.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.




Creative Computing Club grows!

December 19th, 2014

December has been another exciting month for Creative Computing Club, this month we took part in the "Hour of Code" and presented 31 participants with their certificates. We started work with our private tutoring students as well as working with students with higher needs during the day. This has obviously pushed up the amount of coding hours we have been getting in and is a great indicator of what we hope to achieve with out #getsuffolkcoding campaign which we will be launching in January. As always you can check out our stats for our club here. Since September we have coded for 71 hours with participants of Creative Computing Club!!!

For our existing students we have been drawing our courses to a close, our Ipswich Creative Computing Club featured in the video were working with Arduinos and learnt how to make digital Christmas Trees, while our group at the Mix have gone on to complete their second game and learn about Object Orientated Programming.







I was very fortunate this month to receive not one but two certificates, one obviously for taking part in the "Hour of Code" but my second was from Cambridge University which awarded me a Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies (PAES) and I will shortly start my training working with children of Higher Needs focussing on Aspergers and Autism in the new year.

We are also making plans to publicly publish our financial information as well as our management minutes on a rolling six months delay, which will mean our first publication update will be out in February 2015. We feel it is really important as we are a CIC (not-for-profit) that people can see how we run our organisation.

We will be running courses right up to the 22nd of December and will be hard at work behind the scenes over Christmas to develop our online VLE resources. Adding to the great number of Processing, Arduino, Scratch and Python tutorials we already have adding lots more of games, apps and more.

We will be returning in January, firing on all cylinders at our new centre in Ipswich Town Hall, offering courses for Under 11's, Adults, 11 to 16's as well as our Social Saturday Gaming Club. We will be returning to UCS with not one but two groups to learn Game Design 4:30pm-6:00pm 11 to 16's, 6:30-8:00pm for 11 to 19's. We will also be returning to the Mix in Stowmarket on January 12th with our very popular Arduino course this time to make robots!!!

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page and enrol early to avoid disappointment.

That is all for now, but in 2015 let's #getsuffolkcoding.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.



Creative Computing Club is Back!

November 30th, 2014

Well we have actually been back since September, but I feel things are really beginning to kick off. It all started when UnLtd got back to me about my proposal about how I want to develop the Creative Computing Club further for Suffolk. It had been successful in helping people gain confidence and skills in the past but it needed a bit of support to become what I wanted it to. Having UnLtd say "yes" was a big confidence boost, I love what I do and apparently my passion came across in my funding interview. The next big boost was from Google who took me in trained me up as a Google Certified Teacher over two days at their London offices, and kept me around because of my passion for technology and teaching. Next bit of good news came a bit closer to home with HTK coming on board as a local sponsor for the club, the good news just kept coming.

We had some much good news we actually had to start scheduling it, first we had the Ipswich Group at UCS start up and a month later the Stowmarket Group at The Mix. We were literally bursting so we decided to have a "re-launch" event.







I was fortunate enough to meet the founder of Visuads a company who makes short video ads for online marketing, we were both on the ReCreate course for Social Entrepreneurs at the Eastern Enterprise Hub and he agreed to help me make a video about what I did. It turned out brilliantly and I was so excited to be able to show it at our "re-launch".

Our re-launch event was great surrounded by friends, family, participants and supporters of club, I don't think the event could have gone better. I was given the opportunity to show off our successes of the past two years, explain our hiatus and talk about what we want to do in Suffolk for participants of all ages. It was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, several Suffolk councillors, makers and heads of tech businesses. It was a really nice positive event thanks to the Eastern Enterprise Hub for Hosting it.

In the following week we get three mentions in the Evening Star newspaper, an interview on BBC Radio Suffolk and I got nominated for Stars of Suffolk Award for volunteer of the year award. Just this week we were offered funding from The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce to work in partnership Cambridge Coding Academy to develop methodologies for teaching children of different backgrounds how to code.


We have come incredibly far, in just the past three months and this doesn't even cover any of the boring like setting up a non-profit Community Interest Company, sorting our a bank account and writing the million policies we needed in place. We have worked tirelessly both publicly as well behind the scenes building the Creative Computing Club Virtual Learning Environment, the Minecraft server, the marketing, the funding, the list goes on and on.

This is by no means where we want to be, even though we are much further along our "plan" than we thought we would be by now. Come January we will be up to sixty students meeting weekly in four groups across Suffolk. You can even check out our live stats for our community here. We hope to have some more positive news on the funding front to allow us to work with more rural and disadvantaged kids as well as run some parent and child sessions.

I think we are doing pretty well.

Matthew C. Applegate
Creative Computing Club Founder & Director
Make things, make friends, have fun.


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