Friday, 16 November 2012

Year 6 design their own computer game app.

Since the launch of "be the best you can be" initiative in September, Newport pupils have been thinking about ways in which to achieve their goals in their dream books. Today some talented pupils in ICT had the opportunity to become app game designers. Travelling Cherrywood school in Farnborough, the Year 6 pupils worked with Mrs  Pang, a secondary ICT specialist, to create an exciting,entertaining and fully inteactive computer  game. The software, Kodu Game Lab from Microsoft, allowed the pupils to create a fantasy world. Using precise instructions, they designed a range of challenges for their sprites to tackle even adding in voices for their cute action characters!
Kai, Molly and Finn showed themselves to be more than capable of giving those more popular apps like crazy birds a run for their money.

Mrs Pang also gave the children some advice on getting to grips with HTML (Hyper text mark up language) using a brilliant programme called Mozilla Thimble.
Sadly, the workshop had to come to an end nevertheless the children saw how their new programming skills could be used to control a Robosapiens.
The workshop proved a great insight into how computer programming skills can be applied in the world of work and play. The children had gone from users to programmers in just one morning. A further workshop is being planned by Mrs Fieldgate and Mrs Pang for later in the year. So watch this space....

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