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April 10, 2019

This is Why We Love Spring Code Camp!

This is Why We Love Spring Code Camp!

We hosted our Spring Code Camp at Brook Knoll School this year and absolutely loved the campus. We’ve been working with Brook Knoll for over 3 years which makes it easy to direct students and to ensure that they respect the campus and classroom as if it was theirs. Even though much of the week ended up being rainy – we made sure to enjoy the playground, 4-square, and basketball every time the sun came out.  

Now to get to what we really loved about camp last week – the projects our students made! From an interactive solar system, to clicker games, art tools, and projects of their own design. Our students impressed with their ambitious ideas and willingness to patiently learn the concepts necessary to program their projects in JavaScript. Students as young as 2nd grade successfully utilized conditional statements and loops to code their first game within a week and older students filled their portfolios with multiple games and interactive projects.

Let’s look at a few of our favorites:

Trevin’s 3-Player Tag Game: Trevin has attended our camps previously and spent the night before camp thinking about ideas for what he’d like to create. This tag game is an original idea that he concocted and brought to life. 3 Players use different parts of the keyboard to control each circle. The circle with the black dot is it. When the player that’s it tags you – the black dot switches over to that player and they’re it. He also built in a base where you can hide out for 4 seconds before being transported back into the game. This game took him about 6 hours to complete. He worked on it patiently and got one thing to work at a time. We’re impressed by his patience and love playing the end product. You can check out tag! below.

Nastasha’s Solar Systems: We love this project for a few reasons. First, it looks great. Nastasha made each planet simple and recognizable. Second, it’s easy to use and fairly self-explanatory. You hover over a planet and click it to learn what it is. Lastly, it teaches you something! While we all may know our planets – this is an awesome interactive tool for younger students to learn their planets as well as for Nastasha to reinforce her own understanding. She finished this within a single half-day of camp but still has a few planets to get working.

Lukas’s Fortnite Clicker Game: Lukas is another student that has attended a couple of camps with us. During this last week, he created a series of mini-games such as a gift catching game as well as a Hide and Seek game where an object is randomly hidden and you use you a flashlight to find it. Lukas had the fantastic idea of using these mini games within a larger clicker game that he wanted to code around FortNite. He had to figure out how to put these games in conditional statements where they would only play upon a particular button click or if you got to a certain number of clicks within the game. You can check out Lukas’s game in the GIF below.

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Thanks for reading & have a great day,

Code Naturally Academy Team

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