April 29, 2013

Workshop – Programming

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Our coding days can be differentiated depending on your pupils’ ability. For example, the workshops could be altered to the needs of those pupils on your gifted and talented register by developing advanced thinking and problem-solving skills.

A session focusing more on a computer program’s content, rather than its technical development, can be found in the app development workshop.

What does the workshop involve?

All our workshops can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. A typical session, containing a mixture of problem solving and program development, could include:

  • Overview of the session and examples of work pupils will produce
  • Introduction to basic programming commands (e.g. moving a character around the screen)
  • Getting characters to interact (e.g. two characters speaking with each other)
  • Decision making / responding to events (e.g. making a character bounce when it hits an object; character collecting bonus points)
  • Game level design (e.g. mapping out locations of objects and hazards)
  • Game engine design (e.g. number of lives a character will have; text to explain challenges)
  • Publishing and sharing games
  • Parental showcase – parents / carers visit school to see what the children have produced during the day, play the games etc.

Should you have a preference on the coding technology used, such as Scratch or Kodu, we are able to adapt the session accordingly.

The workshops can also build on children’s existing knowledge, including content taught during ICT / Computing lessons. Should staff training be required, this can also be arranged using our programming training.

If your school has iPads available, game development can be undertaken using other technologies, such as Tynker.

Who is the workshop for?

The session outlined above is suitable for able Y3 children and upwards, with older children able to attempt more complex problems and produce increasingly advanced games.

How much does it cost?

The price outlined below includes an initial consultation with your school to ensure you’ll get the most from our training. Discounts are available for bookings of multiple training packages. 

Full day: £450