Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum

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Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum

Post by Jonathan » Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:12 pm

The class of P6 at Bearsden Primary School (10-11 year olds) have been taking their first steps in programming by learning to write games on the ZX Spectrum. They've been using Arcade Game Designer (AGD), a tool for creating 8-bit computer games, which comes with a simple built-in scripting language inspired by BASIC. Some of you will already be familiar with the tool in one of its many guises.

The fact that at 37 years old the machine will be older than some of their parents doesn't seem to have deterred them and they've produced over 20 Spectrum games that can be downloaded from their page at itch.io.

Take a look at their games folks, I think they've done really well. And a big thumbs-up to their teacher, Mr McG. To see 10 and 11 year olds getting something out of using a machine I'm sure they'd never heard of until recently is fantastic.

Link: https://dougie9mcg.itch.io/bearsden-pri ... ding-games
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Re: Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum

Post by Crusty Starfish » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:51 am

That's really cool! What a great teacher! :)

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Re: Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum

Post by Matt_B » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:36 am

Not bad at all, and it makes a change from Scratch.

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