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 this activity, you built a game that kept track of batting averages, just like computer programs do for real-life sports. Google Fit also uses variables to keep track of data. Check out Googler Lisa Wray talking about it.
Google Fit is an open fitness ecosystem that provides developers with a single set of API to discover, record, store, and read activity data with user permission so users have a single place to store all of their data, and users own that data and can share with any apps of their choice to make their data work harder for them.
Fitness apps can request the data be stored from any wearable or sensor, and the user's fitness data is persisted when they upgrade their fitness devices.
You can see it in action here! Variables store steps taken and time spent doing different exercises.
This helps people keep track of their fitness. Variables also keep track of the number of “likes” and “dislikes” a video on YouTube gets. Each time someone clicks the thumbs up button on a YouTube video, the variable that holds the number of times someone liked the video increases, and the site shows the new number.
Google Maps uses variables. A variable stores your current location. That way, the app knows when to tell you the next instruction. A different variable stores the current instruction, so that it can be displayed at the top. Google makes products using variables like the one you used in this activity! Next session, you'll program a sweet extreme sports game in which the user will control an extreme sports athlete to dodge obstacles.
While you’re waiting for your clubmates to finish the wrap-up, take a moment to write a shout-out. Former New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter, one of my favorite players of all time, said, “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” This is certainly true for Jeter. who struggled in the Minor Leagues before becoming a 14 time All-Star and 5 Time World Series Champion. Working hard is even more important than raw talent when it comes to learning, improving, and achieving success. So no matter what you do, do your best in each activity and always work hard. See you next time!