The objectives for today’s event included raising aspirations in STEM subjects and creating opportunities and challenges to encourage and inspire tomorrow’s digital creators.
— Alan O’Donohoe (@teknoteacher) June 4, 2014
60 girls from Years 7 and 8 were invited to work collaboratively through a range of projects and all said in their evaluation comments that they’d recommend the event to their peers. Here’s a selection and summary, with comments, about some of those projects and challenges:
(Group activities to spot early signs, prevention and actions to take)
Hack the web
(Hacking web pages session with a twist using Mozilla Hackasaurus)
Top Tips to share with others to protect against cyber security attacks
Slices of Pi
(Challenges to inspire tomorrow’s digital creators)
— Alan O’Donohoe (@teknoteacher) June 4, 2014
Interactive Fiction Factory
(Creating and sharing resources with peers to raise awareness and develop strategies about cyber bullying)
Only one person had used a Raspberry Pi computer at home and that was “to program things and play games on it” when it was attached to a TV.
What did the students enjoy the most?
- I enjoyed learning about women in Computing and learning to hack
- I liked all of it because the activities were amazing!
- In my opinion the best bit was learning through playing and with free things that we can try at home
- I enjoyed working all together as one big group and next splitting up to create stories
- The interactive fiction story because it was fun and the sort of thing I like. I enjoyed all of it though as it was different all day.
- I enjoyed using Twine for story making because we used our imagination
- Connecting all the wires to the Raspberry Pi computer and playing Minecraft
- The choice game and putting the Raspberry Pi computer together
- I enjoyed learning how to set up and use a Raspberry Pi
- I really enjoyed hacking the BBC news and making a Father’s Day message
- I liked the Minecraft because I’ve never done it before and it was really fun
- The bit I most enjoyed was with the Raspberry Pi. I didn’t know what one was and how easy it was to hack the web
- Learning how to hack websites for good reasons in a good way
- Hacking websites 🙂 It was fun to be able to do it although it’s worrying that others can do this
- Hacking into the One Direction website
Have anybody been inspired to check out ideas after today?
- Yeah! Raspberry Pi!
- I’m going to make my computer safer
- I will try and hack and create an interactive story
- I am going to buy a Raspberry Pi plus I am going to hack the internet for Father’s Day for my dad. I might also make my own website plus my own story
- I may try the hacking again and to send my dad a Father’s Day message
- I would buy a Raspberry Pi and try out different things on Minecraft like the teleporting
- I may have another go at hacking sometime but I will not publish it
- I would like to try more Minecraft
- I will probably hack and use Twine
- Not sure. If anything it will be hacking
- MINECRAFT. It’s amazing and I’ll download it.
- I will try writing with Twine as I found it fun deciding on the ending
- I will probably try almost everything from today
Why would they recommend the event to others?
- Because it was really fun and it got everybody involved
- It was awesome, fun, plus you learn a lot without realising it
- It is a different approach to learning
- Because you learn a lot and I wasn’t aware of hacking but now I am.
- Because it was fun and showed danger and greatness about the internet
- Because it helps you learn more and you can have a different experience
- Because most people would like to play Minecraft and hack
- Because it’s very useful and it’s cool to know it for everything you need.
- It was plenty of fun and it really got me thinking
- Its super fun
- It was fun and makes you awar of the dangers of the internet
- Because it tells people about internet safety
- We learnt a lot. It was worth getting out of class
- Because it was really fun and interesting. Also very different.
- Because it shows you e-safety
- Because it is a fun way of learning
- It was a great experience to have. I’m lucky I got picked!
- Because it’s a fun way to learn things including e-safety
- Educational, informative and a good laugh
- Because it was awesome
Suggestions to improve future events. How can we make the next one better?
- I would like to learn more about Raspberry Pi
- Who invented the computer?
- Nope, it was fine just the way it was
- You could extend the activities a little. It got us really interested!
- More time on Raspberry Pi, the interactive fiction and hacking parts of the day
- Longer on Minecraft!
- The consequences of hacking and teaching us how to hack different games as well as Minecraft.
- Do different things on Raspberry Pi
- Nothing needs improving. I think the sessions should be longer!
- Have longer for all of it, like two days.
- More stuff with the computers.
- I don’t think you could have made it better.
- Not raise our hopes about being off school for an extra week!
- I don’t know. It was all good!
- More time to play on Minecraft!
- More Raspberry Pi activities