Computing Resources for National Coding Week 2019

National Coding Week 2019

From the 16th to the 22nd of September 2019, organisations across the world are hosting a range of great events designed to engage anyone interested in coding and Computing, all under the banner of National Coding Week. Launched back in 2014 to help combat a digital skills shortage, National Coding Week has reached thousands, with hundreds of events organised across the UK and abroad.

We think that understanding Computing can be a major advantage - it’s one of the reasons that we started our exa.foundation. As such, we’ve put together a list of some particularly useful resources, tools and utilities for the week, ranging from introductory guides to BBC micro:bit projects, Raspberry Pi guides and more.

school girl in uniform coding using laptop and making robot in classroom

Effective Computing Resources

Introductions to Coding:

Code.org - Some great, hour-long coding activities, mainly designed to engage young learners.

Code Club homepage - Find local Code Clubs, where children interested in Computing can network and learn.

Code with Google - Contains a range of free coding and computer science programmes, designed for primary, secondary and FE students.

Micro:bit Projects:

BBC micro:bit homepage - Collects some great tutorials, projects and information.

5 Great micro:bit Projects - Our collection of projects, resources and lessons for micro:bit.

Awesome micro:bit - A huge collection of resources, from MicroPython libraries to projects and far more.

Raspberry Pi Resources:

Raspberry Pi Collection - A range of projects from the official Raspberry Pi website, designed for various skill levels.

Awesome Raspberry Pi - A truly huge collection of projects, resources and tools for Raspberry Pi.

HTML/CSS/JS Training:

W3 Schools - A complete set of resources for learning about basic web design, including HTML, CSS, JS and more.

JS Fiddle - Test HTML, CSS and Javascript in your browser - also worth checking out CodePen, a similar site.

Other Websites, Programs and Resources:

EduBlocks - A drag and drop based programming tool that was created to help students transition from block based to text based programming.

Games that Could Help Teach Computing Concepts - A spreadsheet maintained by Miles Berry.

Git Tutorials - An introduction to using and understanding GitHub, a useful tool for coding.

Kodu - A highly customisable game creation utility, featuring support for micro:bit, and some great learning options.

Scratch - A block-based programming language, extremely popular with young learners - also check out Scratch Jr, a more junior option.

Computing At Schools - A group focusing on improving the teaching of Computing, with some great resources and regular CPD events.

CodeAcademy - Career-focused tutorials and introductions to various types of coding, including HTML, JS, Python and a lot more.

Coding Week Events

With a range of engaging events lined up, we’ve put together some information on local events that are taking place across Yorkshire for National Coding week:

CoderDojo - On Wednesday 18th September from 5pm - 7pm, Harrogate CoderDojo are set to run their latest monthly session and have some great tech challenges and learning lined up for all the family.

Code Club - Taking place on Saturday 21st September, at Leeds Central Library, Code Club is suitable for ages 7-13 and will help children learn a range of coding languages by making games, robots, animations and websites.

Sky Coding Club - Designed for programmers of any level, Sky Coding Club will take place on Tuesday 24th September. It’s an informal drop-in session where you can work on and get help with your own coding projects.


Head over to National Coding Week’s Website to find out about events near you, and take a look at the exa.foundation website or sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with our latest computing events and news.