The students of 3rd and 4th class at Timahoe NS are well on their way to becoming mini-computer-programmers. And they have the certificates to prove it.
Thanks to an initiative by their teacher Michael McEvoy the young students have completed a SCRATCH learning programme and received certificates of achievement from The Irish Computer Society. SCRATCH is a visual programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art and share these creations on the web. In essence, it is the first step on the ladder to becoming a computer programmer.
During the presenataion ceremony 3rd class students Adam Farrell and Sinead Buggy gave a demonstration on how SCRATCH works. Adam created an animated nature scene with a giant bumble bee, while Sinead created a captivating slam-dunk basketball scene.
According to Adam “SCRATCH is one of my all-time favourite things about school”.
Sinead described it as being “really cool” while also affirming “we had a great time creating our own animations”.