In Storytelling, students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
In Friends, students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
In Fashion & Design, students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
In Art, students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
In Social Media, students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
In Music & Sound, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Students create fun and complex animated projects. This is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes.
In this sample activity students animate an ocean wave to create a setting, then tell a story that takes place on the high seas.
In this sample activity students tell a story using the characters from Cartoon Network’s "The Amazing World of Gumball."
Be a designer and programmer – bring the Google logo to life using code.
In today’s project, you learned to use an important computer science concept: conditional statements. You used a conditional statement to change individual pixels in a project.
Conditional statements help computer scientists create digital effects for photographs and pictures.
The basic idea of scanning an image for pixels that match a condition has incredible applications in the real world. Using this technology, computer scientists like you can program a computer to recognize something based on its color or shape.
In this video, a computer is analyzing a video in real time to track a person as he walks.
The image in the upper-right corner represents what the person looks like, and the green rectangle shows where the computer thinks the person is. This is useful for a lot of reasons.
For example, motion capture uses the movements of real people or animals to create more realistic virtual worlds in video games and movies. Special dots attached to actors’ faces and bodies allow cameras to track their movements and facial expressions. This tracking data provides information to computer scientists on how to create movies and virtual worlds.
Other examples of tracking programs that use conditional statements are cars that can drive themselves and recognize stop signs and pedestrians and programs that automatically organize and tag photos. Video chats with friends are more fun when you give each other silly sunglasses and hats! These things are made possible today by computer science and computer scientists.
Computer science is very useful in art and the entertainment industry, as well as in our everyday lives. If you take a high school or college computer science class, then you may learn about computer-aided art techniques and digital design tools.
Knowing a bit of computer science will help you learn how these tools function so you will know how to better use them! Next session, you will build a stamping project that lets you design your own building.
Until next time, have fun creating and coding!