Coding Video Games in Technology
Zoom! Ding! Buzz! You are Victorious! Seventh grade technology class has been a noisy, bustling place the past few weeks as students put the finishing touches on their custom video games. Using the coding language Scratch, students created a variety of games and invited the fourth graders to join in the fun as beta-testers. “I found a glitch,” shouted SJ! He and his partner were delighted to have discovered a way to easily beat Andrew’s game. “Discovering bugs, adjusting code and retesting are all part of the process”, explained teacher Regina Cherill.
As fourth graders visited each gaming station, they modeled excellent citizenship offering positive feedback along with critiques. Seventh graders ran a discussion in a panel format where fourth graders could quiz them on their choices. “Why did you choose to make your character look that way?” “I wonder if you made the maze bigger if it would be easier to get around?” The supportive team model of seventh-grade students was celebrated during this discussion and they shared their approach to debugging one another’s code and how they evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of each game.
Hilltop Upper School students participate in the New Jersey Technology Student Association, a 14,000 member organization where students shape the future of STEM through competition and collaboration. Learn more about TSA here.