I'm planning on running a 2 day computing club for our year 4 and year 5 (soon to be year 5 and year 6) children at the start of the summer break. I thought it would be brilliant to purchase Pi Zero Ws for all attendees, use them for the 2 days and then let them take them home with them when we've finished. The cost of the Pis (and the SD card, case, etc.) will be accounted for in the price they pay to attend and hopefully they will be suitably inspired by what we've done to get them up and running at home and carry on using them.
I'm looking for suggestions for content to fill the two days. I'm currently thinking:
- General introduction to their new computer, how to use it and what it can do
- Minecraft (as a "free play" unguided session, probably used as a quick bit of "down time" between some of the other sessions)
- Scratch programming
- Hacking Minecraft with Python
- Other (free) games, e.g. FreeCiv, OpenTTD... suggestions? Done as a tutorial in getting them set up and working then having time to play as a reward
Apart from using it with Minecraft I am reluctant to get too into Python as I think it would be a bit much for children that have only ever coded in Scratch. (Besides, we do a lot of Python in Year 6 so I don't want to jump the gun too much!) I'm also reluctant to go down the Sonic Pi route as I anticipate going from computer to computer correcting typos for hours rather than getting them to make music!
Any other ideas?
I'll send them home with some notes to help them get connected to their home WiFi and TV at home, so wasn't planning to cover that in the two days.