The Future Makers material covered a wide range of topics:
The summer camp schedule included a ‘Hack day‘ where participants could work on a personal project or go back to an activity from earlier in the week and explore it further or get a chance to finish it if they hadn’t been able the first time around. There are further activities below for Future Makers who are unsure about what they would like to work on.
The last day of the week-long programme gives Future Makers the independence to decide what they want to work on from the week’s workshops. This Future Maker workshop can show reluctant coders that they can assist, and learn from, each other. Glasgow Future Makers were given the opportunity to take the week’s materials home which meant they could continue to develop their skills beyond the workshops at home.
Future Makers Lessons
There is an opportunity for the Future Makers to share their own knowledge with the group. Choose a few of the most experienced Future Makers and ask them to give a short demonstration on a tool of their choice. Allow time for the Future Makers to explore the tool afterwards.
A few participants offered to present Scratch and Sploder – demonstrating again that programming workshops can teach young people much more than technology – in this case also helping to develop their public speaking skills.
Scratch is a free way to programme your own interactive stories, games, and animations. You can also share your creations with others in their online community. It helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
“Sploder is a website which allows you to make your own games easily.” Future Maker, 12.