Students at Rivendell had the opportunity to learn new skills in coding, as we ran a video game design workshop on Friday afternoons. Using the program, Scratch Design, students learnt what coding is, how it works, and how it tells a computer to do something (to put it simply).
Students learnt how to write script (programming language) in a user friendly format. From the basics, students were able to develop a video game with different levels, objectives and outcomes.
With Scratch Design, students had the opportunity to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. Scratch Design helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Each week students focused on a different aspect of video game design – from story creation, to staging, and finally writing the script. We also ran a series of coding skills and challenges, to encourage students to think creatively about how to tell the computer to make objects move, disappear and reappear.
In the final week of the workshop, students showcased their projects to the group. Students also had a chance to play each others’ video games. The students all did a fantastic job, and were interested in the potential of doing a masterclass workshop to learn more complex forms of code. Stay tuned!