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Uppingham Community College pupils showcase their work in London

Uppingham Community College pupils with their apps, from left, Evan Jones, 12, Dawid Czajka, 13, and William Rhodes, 13, with head of IT Ray Chambers.

Uppingham Community College pupils with their apps, from left, Evan Jones, 12, Dawid Czajka, 13, and William Rhodes, 13, with head of IT Ray Chambers.

 

Youngsters were left buzzing from their big day out in London where they showcased their work and helped promote a national school initiative.

Pupils at Uppingham Community College who had developed their own Windows tablet applications as part of an ongoing IT project, were chosen to attend a special event aimed at promoting Hour of Code, a week-long programme that encourages schools to take up coding, which is used to write computer programmes, to create fun and interactive applications.

The small group of pupils were 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: “There were lots of kids there and they were delighted to get a certificate for taking part.

“It was a great experience and they were buzzing after the visit.”

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.

Four of the applications are now 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, has been running all this week and more than 1.3m children have signed up for far. For more information and to sign up visit www.uk.code.org

 

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