The computer science workshops continued with Ashington High School on the 2nd December. Today was Ashington’s first TICE bronze experience.
We began the day with a brief introduction to Computer Science and the many job opportunities available. Phil then went on to explain about his background and what he’s doing now. We also touched on what the silver stage would entail should the students make it through. Once all of the background information into computer science had been explained the students were straight onto the computers for a tutorial on how to work scratch.
Scratch is a website which allows you to create animations or games etc using coding commands to control sprites and make them interact with the other elements of project. For some scratch was not a new concept so it enabled them to have a chance to explore scratch properly and just learn what else they can do with it having only used it for the basics before. The kids were then given free range to create either an interesting animation or a short game using the scratch skills. Some of the games that were produced were really impressive! We had space exploration games, road based games where the aim was to dodge the obstacles, as well as a good old fashioned pong style game. The students really grasped the idea of scratch and flew through the task. They all then had to explain to Phil how they had created their game and what they had found easy or difficult. Most of them just breezed through it creating some really interesting work.
After their lunch break we moved on to html coding. For most of them this was a bit more difficult than the mornings task but they all did really well. Phil started the afternoon off with an introduction to coding using jsfiddle. Jsfiddle is a website that allows you to create your own site using html and adjust the elements using css. They learned what different coding does and how to alter different components of their website such as changing the font, the colours and how to create drop down menu buttons. The students created some really interesting websites using all the different coding that Phil had shown them. Again they had to present their website to Phil and explain what they had learned from the session and show him how their site worked. They all came out of the day with successful games or animations and some really cool websites.
Well done Ashington and Welcome to TICE!!