DCU member’s coolest project rocks UK education
An Intel, eSkills and CoderDojo collaborated GCSE short course has just been launched in the UK to teach algorithms. This course is a little different and hopefully a little cooler as CoderDojo DCU member Catrina Carrigan inspired it.
Fast forward to January 2013 when we were invited to brain storing session with Intel UK on content for a short ICT course for UK education. Immediately I thought of Piano Rock Star of how the game would relate to all students while also providing key programming principles including algorithms, objects, loops, function and variables. Intel (www.intel.co.uk) and eSkills(http://e-skills.com) loved the idea and we working on developing this short course since.
More details can be found here: http://www.e-skills.com/news-and-events/january-2014/new-coding-topic-for-gcse-students-developed-by-intel-and-coderdojo-through-e-skills-uk/
Phase 1 of the course is available http://www.behindthescreen.org.uk/projects/code-with-intel-and-coderdojo/
At CoderDojo, we always like to spread across learning boundaries and when you create a project that you can personalise to people’s interests – in this case learning how to program a fun game that also teaches you how to play your favourite song on an instrument. This can really engage people in tech at a creative and exciting level, and they want to learn more. This is what Catrina achieved and why we are so proud of her project and the inspiration she has generated from it.
We want to thank Intel and e-Skills for all their great work over the last year defining and creating this exciting and cool course.