We had a great start to our Scratch and PHP courses last week and this week we’ll be doing more of the same. So it’s lesson 2 for the PHP class (Introducing Variables) and lesson 2 for the Scratch class (Lost in Space). If you’re interested in doing more on the PHP, the text we’re following is Learning PHP by David Sklar. We’ll also have all other activities happening at Code Club, from 3D design and 3D printing, all the way to Lego Mindstorms and Roblox.

And here’s an announcement for those interested in Lego Mindstorms. We are launching the first ever Manx Lego Sumo National Competition and inviting everyone who wants to take part to build a Lego Mindstorms robot and compete in a sensational knock-out. We aim to find the meanest, fastest, cleverest robot of them all. The aim is simple, each robot needs to knock it’s opponent out of the ring to win their round. Keep doing this to all your opponents and be crowned a winner! The rules are simple. Robots must fit in a 25cm cube and use a single NXT or EV3 Lego Mindstorms Kit. Sumo Ring is 1m across and robots start back-to-back with a beacon attached. Best of 3 rounds. Robots need to be submitted by 14th November. If you want more information or are guidance, pop over to Code Club or email robotics@codeclub.im. If you can spread the word, here’s a poster for the contest.

One final announcement for those interested in cybersecurity and hacking. We’re looking to enter a Code Club team into the Cyber Centurion Challenge for 2015/2016. Team members must be between 12 and 18 and have an interest in detecting, exploiting and remediating vulnerabilities in computer systems. If you’re interested, we’ll be holding a session at 5:00pm this Saturday at Code Club or email owen@codeclub.im. More details about the challenge here.

See you on Saturday!