CodeFever Diploma

Simon received his diploma today for having completed the CodeFever course “Codekraks, Level 1” (normally offered to children in their 5th or 6th school year, that is 10 to 12 year olds). He didn’t know what a diploma is and wanted to give it back at the end of the lesson.

 

 

The course was fully based on Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming platform. Simon prefers the “real” programming languages these days, spending hours per day practicing mainly JavaScript and HTML (in combination with CSS) and I can’t exactly measure his attitude towards the CodeFever course. He has done pretty well during the course, although he was slow in finishing the tasks. Knowing him I can assume he thought the tasks/ topics covered were not exactly corresponding to the challenges he wants to be challenged with. The teacher was nice to him but I wonder if he sees Simon’s level of abstract thinking, his passion for coding and preserverance in problem solving.

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Cook, little pot, cook!

Simon made a fantastic little game in scratch all by himself which can serve as a fun tool to train little children to use the mouse. You can find it in Simon’s shared projects at: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/131801799/

Here Neva acts as a guinea pig.

 

Click on the green flag to see the circle multiply in a variety of colours. The circles move towards the cursor. Click on the bottom blue rectangle to clear. Click on the top blue rectangle to clear and stop the program.

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It was great fun as they compared the multiplying circles to the fairy-tale magic porridge pot that kept making porridge.

Examples of projects from Simon’s Code Fever class

Here are some examples of the tasks and projects Simon makes at his weekly Code Fever classes where they’re currently learning about conditional logic.

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This one he quickly made tonight at home to explain the theme “signals” to Dad:

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Earlier projects from during the class (he didn’t remix/ save the one from today in class). The first one is about controlling the characters by pressing letters and arrows on the keyboard:

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In this one two dino’s play ball:

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CodeFever

Simon has been attending this weekly Scratch club CodeFever since the end of September. At the beginning they suggested placing him in the oldest group, for 12 to 15 year olds, but after the first lesson there the teacher suggested Simon moved to the middle group for children aged 10 to 12 (Simon has just turned 7), as he was getting overstimulated in the oldest group according to the teacher. Simon still complains he is very much distracted by “the noise” and hence does things slowly, he also finds the tasks quite simple for the moment, but it’s becoming more challenging every week and I can see he fairly enjoys the course by now. Today, parents were allowed a quick peep inside.