A short post today (as I have been away all weekend on a STEM residential week, and am about to head out again) but an important one.
This year, I have teamed up with Dr Amanda Ford (Twitter: @aford78) to develop resources for the ever-growing and popular Mini Game Jam.
The Game Jam is a transition cluster event, where P7 classes join with other cluster schools’ P7 classes at their local high school and compete to code the best scratch game on a given theme. I have joined in this year, as I see it not only as a great opportunity for our children, but also as a CLPL opportunity for staff. Prior to competing, the children are to be taught four progressive lessons in coding with Scratch that develop creativity as well as digital literacy. Some very tricky concepts are taught to the children during the sessions, however, it is done in a fun manner with the children creating games. The idea is that at the end of the project, in the cluster event, the children will be able to utilise these skills in a team with children from one of their local cluster schools that they potentially haven’t met before to design and create their own game on a given theme.
For the teacher, resources (including worksheets, power-points and video walkthroughs) will be provided, and they will be able to learn to code with the children. Scratch 3.0 CPD sessions have already been held for staff on the first lesson of this project – the maze game – however, more online training will be available shortly from Dr Ford and I would greatly recommend looking into it.
You can find out more about the Mini Game Jam and get in touch with the organiser, Dr Amanda Ford, via the Mini Game Jam website: https://minigamejam.com/ if you would like to get involved.
Exciting posts coming over the next few weeks with more Technology across the curriculum and STEM focussed posts, so do stay tuned!
See you next week,