The children really enjoyed their sessions with you and I think lots of them now want to do app design as a job! The children were all engaged and keen to listen and find out more. All of the teachers were also saying how fantastic the workshops were as well so thank you very much!
Abigail Jones Downfield Primary and Nursery School, Hertfordshire March 22, 2016
I teach at a school in south London for children ranging from 2-7. As a school we are keen to develop the children's coding skills and have been working on involving the parents. I contacted Ali to discuss how to run a workshop for our Year 2 children who are fairly new to coding. He was very helpful describing how the day would run and how they would be tailored to a group of KS1 children.
We ran a half day workshop for each class of approximately 19 children where they learnt how to debug a programme, make changes to it and then trial some of the games. By the end of the session the children could describe how they looked for bugs in a simple programme and suggest how they might be able to fix it. I am sure it has inspired many of the children to continue developing their coding skills.
The workshop was pitched brilliantly and Ali had all the children engaged in the session. They had a fantastic time and have since been playing Pancake Panic at home! Thanks again and we hope to have Chaos Created back again next year.
Emma Bottomley Herne Hill School, London July 4, 2016
I teach at a special needs school for boys aged 5 to 19 with SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health). When looking for ICT workshops, I came across Chaos Created and thought this would be great for our pupils, especially as they are all very familiar with playing computer games!
I contacted the Chaos Created team, and explained everything we needed in detail. We discussed how the day would run and how best to engage our students. We agreed on two half-day workshops for Years 5, 6 and 7, where the children would learn the basics of coding, and then work on fixing a game called “Pancake Panic” using the skills they had been taught. They would then create their own game, which would be uploaded onto the app store for them to play in the future.
The morning workshop was held for the primary students, while the afternoon session was for our Year 7 pupils. Both groups found it very engaging and look forward to transferring what they have learned to their ICT lessons.
All students are continuing to play the game they created, and they’re very good at it! I hope from this experience that they will consider game design as a possible career path. It was important to me that they see the process behind the games they play and use their imaginations to create a game themselves.
The students told us that they enjoyed the workshop. I am positive that they will continue to create and develop games of their own.
Angelina Morello Head of Faculty for Maths and ICT, Nightingale Community Academy, Tooting, London February 11, 2016
On the coding day, two men came in. Their names were Tom and Ali. They gave us an inspirational talk about coding in the real world and its importance in the future. We learned to make our own code using a Minecraft game. We really enjoyed using the micro:bits. It was amazing when it said our names in red lights. We also programmed them to be Fitbits. We had such a fantastic time.
Amna and Simina Year 5 Pupils from Kenmore Park Junior School October 5, 2017