by Savinay Chandrupatla, VP of Design, and the Website Team
It was a very exciting week, not only for the students, but the club officers as well! A huge shout out to the students that came to all the meetings ready to learn and participate. We have organized the students into table groups and their groups will get points according to their behavior, listening, and participation. We wish that the kids have as much fun as possible with coding, but also respect the learning of their peers, so we inculcated a point based system to provide a source of intrinsic motivation for our students. So far, it’s coming along great! And maybe, just maybe (HINT HINT), the top three table groups with the most points will receive a surprise.
On Day 3, we used a fun programming software called the Hour of Code from Code.org, in which each student had the opportunity to program a Star Wars Droid to pick up the garbage around the Star Wars Galaxy. This program runs on Blockly, drag-and-drop coding and also text coding. This was a continuation of the activity on Day 2. On Day 3, however, most of the club members advanced to text coding. We set the stage by playing Star Wars music and also creating a monologue to put their challenge into perspective. This software was quite enjoyable and beneficial to the students as they were able to learn how movements could be performed and they were able to create games using coding commands. Also, some fundamental basics of coding were taught, especially two key components of syntax. They were taught that semicolons have to be used for the ends of commands and curly brackets must be used at the ends of functions. They were able to use this new information to their advantage in the next Blockly program.
Check out our Day 2-3 video in the Code Corner!
May the Force be with you.
- theClubOfficer team