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A look back on the Code Week 2019 Student Meet: students lead video game design in Spain

During Code Week 2019,
students from Malta, Finland and Spain participated in an online meeting where
they presented Code Week activities they had participated in and talked about
their overall Code Week experience.

In Spain, Lucía, Sara, Laura and Rebeca designed
a video game in Scratch and created a Joystick. Sofi and Rasmus from Finland participated
in various activities from a CodyColor Battle Royale to an Hour of Code
project. In Malta, Sarah, Andrea, Jacob and Chloe developed a project centred
on the need to protect the environment, learning to work with Scratch and then building their own
prototypes.

In this blog post, we learn more about the
students’ and teacher’s experience in Spain, with students Lucía, Sara and
Laura and their teacher Conchi Fernández in a short interview.

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Could you tell us more about the objective of
your activities?

Conchi: Our project has two main objectives.
The first objective is to develop computational thinking using Scratch and design a simple video game. For
the video game, the students give ideas and execute orders. The second
objective is to develop manual skills creating a prototype of a Joystick that
we connected with the Makey Makey board. It’s always amazing to
create your own objects. This type of project encourages creativity as the
children design their own products with really simple and cheap material.

Lucía and Laura, can you describe your experience?

Lucía: I really enjoyed working on this project
because we had much fun doing it. We worked in a small group that made
everything entertaining. Thanks to this, we learned many things about
technology and ways to use it, and have fun doing it. It is also a new way to
communicate with our teacher. He or she can help you but you can also teach him
or her to do something.

Laura: I have learned to work in a team
and help my classmates as needed. In addition, the activity was more fun with
friends. Working as a team has led us to make decisions and develop ideas
together. For that we needed to develop our communication abilities and help
each other to improve ourselves.

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Sara, what would you
tell teachers that are interested in this kind of activities?

Sara: I would tell them that they should
do this kind of activity because it is a different and fun way to learn and to
develop technological skills. It is more entertaining because you learn in a new
way and students and teachers can work together on the same project. I
recommend it because you learn a lot of new things. Last year, for example, I
learned how to work with Makey Makey and now I can use this knowledge with my
own class.

Conchi: I think it is very important for
students to do things like this, not only in class, but also in workshops and
outside school, because it is really interesting and fun and you can make
friends. I think it is really cool!

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Do you have a message
for your colleagues?

Conchi: Don’t be afraid with coding. Don’t
panic! Learn from your students. Learn together! Mistakes are part of the
learning process. Even though you are wrong there is always something positive!
The most important is to work on a small concrete project. The result is not
important. It is about the process, not the finish of the process. Select one
idea and go!

Are you interested in knowing more? Head over
to the full Student Meet here!

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