This week I tried my hand at coding and was surprised at how familiar the process was!
To be honest, when I heard that we were coding this week I assumed that we would be coding websites using html or something similar. Once I realized that this was not the case, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that this other type of coding is something that I actually had experience with!
After trying out a few rounds of EspressoCoding I was reminded of one of my favourite Nintendo DS games, WarioWare DIY. This is a game where you essentially design your own simple mini games, then upload your game for others to play, as well as download other player’s games. It had you draw the backgrounds and moveable pieces, and then code those things to create an objective for your game as well as a way to win your mini game. This game had me coding video games without me even realizing it! Nintendo DS games are still compatible with newer DS systems, so this would be a great recommendation for students who are interested in coding or creating video games.
Anyway, after realizing that I definitely had a lot of fun playing around on EspressoCoding’s website! Though some of the tasks were a little simplistic (as they should be considering they’re aimed at people younger than me) there was still lots of cool things you could play around with to make it your own. I had particular fun making it so that clicking one object would make another move, as well as pretending my cranes were crashing into each other.
Yikes, don’t tell the foreman that I was playing chicken with his valuable equipment!
I loved the easiness with which this website explained coding, as well as the opportunity for students to play around with the software to see what they can do. I would love to bring coding into my classroom in the future, and maybe evolve it to hands on projects as well. I did a lot of workshops with Lego Mindstorm kits when I worked at the Science Centre last summer and would absolutely love to be able to build something like that with my students in the future!