Saturday, 23 June 2018

Children show they’re the future at computer workshop

PUPILS at Sonning Common Primary School were given a computer programming course.

PUPILS at Sonning Common Primary School were given a computer programming course.

About 20 of the school’s “digital leaders” took part in a games design workshop.

The seven- to 11-year-olds were taught by Davidson Baron, managing director of ComputerXplorers Thames Valley, as part of a “programming for primaries” day.

The digital leaders resolve common ICT problems and in return are allowed to test new technologies.

Mr Baron said: “We were using a program developed by Microsoft.

“It allows kids to create their own world and then games within those worlds on a PC using an Xbox controller, which is a bit more fun then a mouse and keyboard.

“The programme has its own simple language so the first step is to create a world with different landscapes, then put in objects which can be programmed with simple commands.

“On the day we put the objects in then we created a character who could move to get you points and when you got enough points you won.

“A lot of kids are into games but we are about actively creating something rather than being a passive consumer.”

Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier, who visited the school for the half-day workshop, said: “The children had to build their own game and they picked it up very quickly.

“They liked it when the teacher said they were the future.”

Elaine Rae, IT technician at the school, said: “The children really enjoyed it. The year three pupils did struggle a bit but it gave the year six pupils a real opportunity to challenge themselves.”

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