Moonhack 2021 is a week celebrating the stories and ideas that can help improve our planet by helping kids code their own planet-saving solutions

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The first project in our 2021 series is Nature Returns — an animation that tells the story of the bush regenerating after a bushfire.

In the lesson, suitable for beginner Scratch coders, students code the fire to randomly move around the screen. The bushes then react by disappearing and growing back.

Nature Returns Scratch Project

Australian bush has been shaped by fire with many plants evolving to grow and seed more successfully after a fire.

Code your own Dhinawan in the stars and see what the stars are doing here on Country!

By Tess Reading

Aboriginal people are the world’s oldest Astronomers. The Gomeroi people use the night sky to see what is happening on country and each seasons changes.

The Dhinawan is just one of the stories that is known to the Gomeroi people, however this story is also shared across many language groups. The stars are a central way to trace stories and time.

The Dhinawan in the Sky animation for Moonhack 2021

In our Dhinawan in the Sky game, you will learn and code each of the different phases that the Dhinawan goes through between April and September. …

Last week we had the phenomenal privilege to hang out with some of the coolest people we’ve met in a while! The Atlassian Grads!

This group of 100 young people joined us for our first official Code Club Hackathon. And let me tell you, it was a blast!

Atlassians aplenty on our Zoom Call!

Atlassian is a long-term partner of our friends at Raspberry Pi. If you’ve ever done a Code Club project in a language other than English, it’s likely some wonderful Atlassians translated it for you!

But, the Aussie and Kiwi Atlassian joined us to create coding projects and lessons that tell Australian stories…

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 we asked some of our favourite women in tech who inspired them! From teachers to parents and even total strangers, don’t underestimate the difference you can have on a young person, especially as a Code Club volunteer!

The wonderful librarians at Yarra Plenty Regional Library sat down to let us know how their club was going during Covid. Read on to hear about the awesome at-home Code Club sessions. And get in touch if you’d like to share a story from your club! — Nicola, Code Club

Online Code Club in action!

Scratch Code Club has been a popular program at Yarra Plenty Regional Library since we began offering sessions in 2017. Interest had steadily grown which allowed us to add Intermediate and Advanced sessions for our keen coders to continue on their creative coding. We had built up such great momentum…

Did you know that there are over 70 million sheep in Australia? Do you know how many people there are — only 25 million!

That means there are three sheep for every person! Imagine everyone in your class or Code Club with three sheep following them!

Sheep farmers lead very busy lives looking after their sheep. They breed and raise the animals, provide feed for them, look after their paddocks and more!

Some sheep farms also have goats! Did you know that goat is the most popular meat in the world! Have you ever eaten goat?

On the farm in…

Wheat is one of the most popular Australian crops. Farmers grow wheat on their farms and then it is turned into flour at a flour mill. Flour is used in all sorts of food; like bread, pizza and cake!

Farmers use big tractors, called combine harvesters to harvest their crops, including wheat, barley and other grains. It has a big comb that travels along the rows of wheat. A cutter bar inside cuts the ends off the wheat and then a sifter separates the grain. The stalks are left behind on the ground.

If you want to know more about…

Water is the most valuable resource that we have. And as Australian’s we live on a continent where there’s not much of it.

Australian’s are the highest consumers of water, despite living on the driest continent! Each of us uses 100,000 litres of water a year, not including the water that is used to grow our food products.

On the farm in our game, they’re just coming out of a drought. That means that it hasn’t rained in a long time!

‘Australia is the driest populated continent on earth, and yet Australians are the greatest per capita consumers of water…

Cotton is one of the most important resources in the Australian agriculture industry. We sat down with Jenny from Cotton Australia to understand what cotton is, how it’s grown and why it’s so important.

Code Club: Hi Jenny, thank you so much for taking the time to tell us all about cotton!

Jenny: Thank you for having me, and my pleasure. I get to talk to lots of people about cotton in my job, but I’m really excited about this chat about cotton and coding!

Code Club: Us too! Can you tell us about why cotton is so important in…

Bees are vital for the existence of the planet. They pollinate flowers which allow fruits and vegetables to grow, just like in our game!

1 in 3 mouthfuls of the food you eat relies on bees for pollination! There are half a million beehives registered in Australia and each hive has 50–60,000 bees! There are three types of bees in beehives the Queen, the Drones and the Worker bee.

The bees that do most of this pollination are European Bees, but we also have 1700 species of Australian Native Bees!

Unlike lots of other animals in Australia, our native bees…

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