The objective of this course is to introduce coding fundamentals and concepts to young imaginative minds. Students will use Osmo, an interactive and highly-visible iPad application that develops logical thinking and problem solving skill. Osmo is created by a team at Northwestern University and the interactive game makes the app one of the easiest way for students to learn block-based programming. It prepares students to become innovative creators in the future.
Students will guide characters to solve puzzles using simple coding concepts such as: sequences, loops and functions. Coding with physical blocks enables students to easily plan and visualize their projects. In addition to Osmo, students will also learn coding with an iPad based app called Daisy the Dinosaur, through which they will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenge.
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Session 1 - 2 : Sprites and Animation using Osmo
Introduction to iPad and Osmo interface
Familiarizing with the iPad and Osmo interfaces
Introduction to movement and direction
Hands-on: solving Osmo projects puzzles using physical blocks
Session 3 - 7 : Introduction to basic programming concepts
Introduction to repeat function and loops
Familiarizing with programming iterations, sequencing and the concept of orders in programming
Introduction to conditionals
Session 8 - 10 : Game Design and Programming
Introduction to storytelling and creative programming
Familiarizing with Daisy the Dinosaur interface
Revise and apply the fundamental concepts learned in this course
Hands-on: designing and customizing Daisy the Dinosaur games
We believe in developing a personal relationship with the student. Our instructors are as much teachers as we are facilitators, and coach for our students' learning. By ensuring a small class, each student benefits from maximum attention from instructor and teaching assistant, and at the same time, learns from peers.
Our courses are designed for students to run at their own pace. Our curriculum is level-based for each module, meaning that each student can learn at their own appropriate, customized pace.
First Code classrooms are messy, chaotic and we love it! We believe in hands-on creation, experimental learning and lots of discussion.
What happens after this holiday? Like learning any other language, learning to code is best done through an immersive, continual commitment. We offer a multi-year curriculum that allows students to deepen and broaden their interests in computer science and software development.