Massive congratulations to Isla, in S3, who coded a winning entry for the DressCode coding competition and earned herself a fab prize. She was delighted with her reward and we’re all sure that she has a great future ahead of her with those top skills. Very well done Isla from us all. @dressCodeHQ #coding #computingscience
A brilliant afternoon was had at the RGU School of Computing and Digital Media Christmas Lecture. Pupils were shown demonstrations of a robot called Pepper who uses AI to communicate. He provided many entertaining interludes! The next live demonstration was Augmented Reality, a combination of VR and MR with Adobe Aero, very impressive technology. Next up was Ian who showed us a live cyber hack, in 3 countries, with each attack represented by a Minecraft character/turkey (see picture) and Kyle made us choose between a chatbot and a real santa to work out who was computer and who was human. Some pupils ate their own body weight in Quality Street and won some really cool prizes, it was a terrific afternoon at the awesome Sir Ian Wood Building and we were wowed by the amazing facilities and impressive architecture. We’ll be back next year.
Fancy an opportunity to win some great tech prizes worth around £100? This year’s challenge: Code a Christmas themed project that includes or mentions Santa. The judges will be looking for creative, eye catching entries that stand out. There must be code used to make your ideas come to life. This could be an animation, a story, a joke, a game, a card, a poster, an adventure game, a fact page….anything you like! It is completely up to you.
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NESCOL are offering summer sessions to take part in their computing club, Codecraft, for 9 – 14 year olds. A great chance for young people to gain computing skills while also learning teamwork and making new friends.
Cameron Walker, the College’s Head of Sector for Computing and Engineering Technologies, said: “We created this club to inspire young people and encourage them to think about the opportunities available to them in the computing industry in the future. These fun sessions are open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’ve never tried coding or played Minecraft before.
To find out more and book your place go to: https://www.nescol.ac.uk/codecraft-a-summer-computing-club-for-9-14-year-olds/
Another almighty congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters for grabbing second place in the Minecraft Scottish Championships at Abertay University last week after winning the Aberdeenshire competition last month. It was an intense 2 hour design and build session for S4 pupils Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh with the teams being judged on both their design matching their build plus their team work, communication and collaboration throughout the very busy morning. There were IT issues for all teams and credit to them for coping really well and working together brilliantly and calmly even when being asked questions by the judges throughout the morning. The afternoon allowed the team to be given a tour of the University with the new £18 million Cyber Quarter Research and Development Centre blowing their minds with it’s very impressive facilities. The boys scooped loads of Minecraft goodies at the prize giving and deserve lots of credit for their performance throughout the competition.
The team are pictured receiving their prize from Professor Gregor White, Dean of Design & Informatics and Professor of Applied Creativity.
Massive congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters in S3, Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh, who won the Aberdeenshire secondary school Minecraft Sustainability build competition. Feedback from the judges was that their entry had:
- Impressive scale of build
- All sustainable materials/blocks
- Clear explanation and excellent use of time
We are delighted for the boys and winning the competition means they go on to a day at Abertay University in Dundee for a Minecraft showdown with Dundee and Edinburgh Schools on Thursday 23 June.
Good luck to The Sustainable Swagsters!
A Minecraft competition begins on Monday to build a “Sustainable by Design” Minecraft world. Any pupil wishing to get involved should contact Mr Cahill or Mrs Czarnecki for details. Entry is open to all year groups. Pupils can build their entry in the faculty during class time, lunchtime or at home. The competition begins on Monday 9 May and entries must be submitted via your teacher by Friday 20 May. You could win some Minecraft swag! Check out the guide below and good luck!
Build Challenge Guide
S3 pupils have just finished the Mackie’s Chocolate Bar Challenge where, in groups, they had to carry out research on Mackie’s of Scotland and their competitors. They came up with an idea for a chocolate bar and pupils had to identify their target market, design the packaging, set a selling price, and prepare marketing material for the product. They then presented their product idea to the class; each class chose a winner and the winning presentations were sent to Mackie’s to select an overall winner. This year’s winners were Sophia, Penny, Adele and Madeline whose idea was a Bucks Fizz and Gold Leaf chocolate bar and gift set (non-alcoholic). Mackie’s sent us presentation boxes of chocolate bars for each of the winning group but said that all entries were all excellent and of a very high standard.
Mrs L Taylor
PT Business Education and Computing Science
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