A team of four TY students prepared and assisted in a coding workshop with Mr.Shortt and his second year ICT class. They put Galileo boards in protective cases and set up coding kits in plastic storage boxes. The kit together with headphones for working online with Khan Academy has transformed ICT classes. Students are now introduced to coding in Junior Cycle ICT classes and get to apply what they have learnt with a hands on coding workshop using Galileo boards.
The first coding workshop in Junior Cycle using Galileo boards took place this week as part of an initiative to pilot aspects of the new short course in Coding for Junior Cycle.Castletroy College was delighted to be chosen as one of a group of approximately twenty schools to participate in this initiative which will pioneer the introduction of coding using electronic hardware devices in schools nationally.
We are making progress with coding which previously had been confined to learning through Scratch, a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Classes are now beginning to learn to write code and using Arduino software to programme a Galileo board. Mr Shortt’s second year class is the first group to do this but we expect many more groups to build on this success next year.
There are lots of opportunities for students to learn how to code. Join CoderDojo and look out for summer camps such as the Summer Computing Camp For Girls at UL which is suitable for post-primary girls aged 14 and up.