We closed out or session at Kenwood Elementary on March 15th with much success. All participants finished their apps and the last day was particularly exciting as they were able to show off their products to families and friends
Among the things we learned is the fact that kids really enjoy the “unplugged” brainstorming and planning in the beginning weeks of the session. They indicated that it was easier to work things out on paper, bounce ideas off each other, and revise their work before getting starting on the actual coding.
We’ve also got plan in the coming session to include PlayLab as a tool for coding; this tool is more focused on creating apps that are more game and play oriented. We’re excited to offer further options to the kids to make the experience more appealing, enjoyable, and stealthily educational. Look to this blog soon for screenshots of the kids’ creations.
We’re looking forward to our next session at Douglass Public Library this coming summer!