STUDENTS CLICK WITH COMPUTER PROGRAMMING...
Programming. Just a few years ago, only computer technicians and software designers would know their variable from their dialogue box, but last Tuesday, a group of Year 8 students were taught how to create a basic programme, or even a game in under one and a half hours.
Using a piece of software called EasyGui and Python, all 20 children had fun designing whatever tickled their fancy. Enthusiastic programmer, James Turner said, “It’s great because it teaches us things we might not learn in normal lessons, and I’m interested in widening my knowledge.”
But why? It may be enjoyable, but there is a deeper reason for this digital delight. Computing teacher, Mr Aldred explains,
“Programming is an important and valuable part of modern life, but the main thing is that it gets them to think.”
Student Dan Rainer agrees “It will help me in later life because I’m interested in this subject.”
But will, in just a decade’s time, there be a bunch of computer technicians from Thirsk, inspired by Mr Aldred’s programming enrichment day? Mr Aldred hopes so.
The door opens as the software designers of the future stroll out of the airy computer room for their lunch.
By Aidan Tulloch, Cameron Peacock, and Millie Cuthbert
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