Learn to Code@ MOTAT will be focusing on Python coding this term. If you have learned all you can about Scratch block coding and want to progress onto writing your own code this is a great club for you.
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for kiwi kids.
Our coding club, Code@ MOTAT, gives kiwi kids an opportunity to find out how much fun it is to create their own code.
Like all Code Clubs, it’s free to attend and runs once a week after school.
There will be volunteers from the programming industry to provide lots of one-on-one support to help kids through the challenges of learning Python.
Limited to 10 participants only to ensure a good teacher: student ratio.
Appropriate for ages 8+. Some prior coding experience recommended.
Places are limited so register now.
Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.
The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.
Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.
Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.
A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.
Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.
He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.
AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.
While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.
“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”
“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”
He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.
“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.
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