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.
Today, you used a very important computer science concept: if statements. This game, and all other video games, could not be created without them.
But, did you know that you use if statements everyday? Here are some examples.
If I’m thirsty, then I’ll get a drink of water. If it’s raining, then I’ll bring an umbrella. If I have a question in CS First, then I’ll put up my sticky note.
If statements are just a type logic that help people make decisions. Computer scientists, just like you, can use If statements to program a computer, or a robot, to “think” and make decisions. Today, you programmed a sprite to follow a mouse pointer through a maze. But, it’s possible to use if statements to program sprites or even cars to go through a maze on their own. Take a look at an example: This robot has sensors that allow it to “see” walls. If the robot sees a wall, then it turns.
The robot repeats this if statement until it reaches the end of the maze.
This basic idea of programming a robot using if statements has some amazing real-world applications. Take a look at another example of how computer science can be used to help people and to save lives. In this video Sebastian Thrun explains the self-driving car.
Car accidents are the number one cause of death for young people, and accidents are mostly caused by human error. Unlike humans, computers can see all around, never get distracted, and react in an instant to hazards. Driverless cars and computer scientists can save lives.
The self-driving car is still many years away from being sold, because, like you, the computer scientists creating it spend a lot of time testing their code and ensuring that the car drives the way they intend. In the next CS First club, you will continue to use if statements while making a platform game.
Remember to look for ways to use coding in your daily life. Talk to your teachers about building a Scratch report on a topic for class.
Until next time-- have fun creating and coding. See ya next time!