Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cameron 3/14

After a relaxing Spring Break for the RAPS team, we were back at Cameron Middle School. We had another great week learning about coding and technology! To go along with their unit on inventors in their English class, we worked on with Scratch to help them put in simple commands to create animations.

The students were able to practice their language skills in the context of technology and computing, while creating wonderful images that expressed their creativity. They also had a fun time exploring all the possibilities of the software, and showing off their newfound skills to their classmates!

Some of the younger students spent most of their time on animating their name, an introductory activity in the software. They were required to bring out "sprites" of the letters in their name, and then add effects, such as rotating, moving, changing size or color, and emoting!

Our older students moved along pretty quickly! They wanted to try their hand at something a bit more challenging, so we began working on creating a rudimentary video game! The one displayed above is an early attempt at a Pong-type game, with simply physics. Overall, the students seemed to have a great time, and we can't wait to go back and see what else they can do!

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