A group of keen year nine students from Outwood Academy in Newbold spent six weeks designing their own digital apps with computing tutor, Terry Widdowson, from the Digital Industries department at Chesterfield College.
The sessions held at the end of the school day, as part of an enrichment club, were designed to give students who were interested in programming and a career in digital technologies a head start in some of the skills they will need to get the qualification that will boost their career.
Students learnt how to use new software, develop a concept, develop animation and consider compatibility across different platforms.
Student, Joel Knight said:
“I have always played around with programming in my spare time so when I saw this club I knew I would enjoy it. We’ve learnt a lot about developing characters and adding controls to make the app more interesting. I have really enjoyed the in-depth technical side of developing an app.”
Mr Thurlow, Teacher of Computing / ICT at Outwood said:
“It has been really beneficial for the students to work with Terry, the tutor from Chesterfield College. He has additional expertise in software that we don’t use in school at the moment and has shown the students how help it can achieve different things in this field of computing. It is always useful to bring in new and fresh ideas to give students a different perspective to boost their skills. I know they will be able build on what they have learnt as they work towards their Computer Science GCSE.”
Outwood Academy Newbold and Chesterfield College are looking to collaborate further later in the year.