Year 3 visited the Apple Store in Princesshay to take part in a number of workshops about coding. The children were able to use new and exciting programmes to help them write and amend coded programmes.
One of the applications that the children used was called Tynker. In this app the children had to progress through levels of increasing difficulty in order to help a character. Working in pairs, the children were able to create a code that saw the character safely navigate their way through a number of obstacles and challenges in order to reach their treasure and move on to the next and more difficult level. The children were able to work together to complete each level using their logic and reasoning skills. By using these skills, if a written code did not have the desired output they worked hard to identify problems and overcome them ensuring success the next time around.
Some of the groups were able to use the application Lightening Lab which saw the children design a written code that could move a robot along a given track. When using this application the children were having to think carefully about a number of mathematical elements such as time, distance, speed, turns and degrees. The track the children were asked to travel along was challenging with lots of sharp turns and steep angles. All of the children worked excellently together and were able to negotiate most of the treacherous track, with some children successfully writing a code to travel the entire track!
All of the children and staff really enjoyed their visit to the Apple Store and learned a great deal more about the process of coding and all the different elements that have to be considered in order to write an accurate coded programme.