Youngsters are set for a big day out in London to show off their work and help promote a national school initiative.
Pupils at Uppingham Community College have been developing their own Windows tablet applications as part of an ongoing IT project.
They have now been selected to attend a special event aimed at promoting Hour of Code, a week-long programme that will encourage schools to take up coding, which is used to write computer programmes, to create fun and interactive applications.
The small group of pupils will be joined by three other schools for the occasion at Westminster City School in London on Monday, along with the school’s head of IT Ray Chambers.
Mr Chambers said: “It should be a great day for the pupils. It’s really exciting for them.
“They’ve worked very hard on our project and it’s going to be nice to share with others what they have been doing.
“It will be great to join other schools to promote coding nationally.”
The applications, which are commonly known as apps, that the Year 7 and 8 pupils have been creating via Windows software programme TouchDevelop, have a fun and interactive learning theme. The apps include a scientific programme about the human body, in which you can click on a muscle on a body displayed on the touch screen device to find out how it functions, and another which gets children to piece together clues to solve historical mysteries.
A small selection are available for download in the Windows app store.
Mr Chambers started promoting their work via a number of IT blogs, and this caught the attention of the organisers, prompting an invite to the launch event.
Mr Chambers said: “It’s been good to see a lot of children getting involved. They’ve been working on the apps during lunchtimes.
“As a school we’re showing students that coding doesn’t have to be a skill for IT lessons, but it can be used in any other lesson. It’s a new 21st century skill which helps with logic and programming.
“It’s what the children are used to now. They’ve got smartphone devices and now they’re making apps to make their learning more fun.”
Hour of Code teaches the basic skills of computer programming through fun tutorials and lesson plans that feature well-known characters from apps and games.
The initiative, which has been backed by Government, is running all next week.
For more information about Hour of Code and to sign up to the programme, visit the website at www.uk.code.org