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 project, you learned an important computer science concept: conditionals, which you used to make an interactive story. Conditionals are really useful in interactive stories, and they’re used all the time in computer science. Here’s one example from the field of healthcare. This video shows a phone app that helps people in poorer countries find healthcare access. Users enter information and the app uses if/else statements to decide what health care services people need, and how those services can be provided to them. If/else allows healthcare workers to respond specifically to the needs of individuals. A healthcare app wouldn’t be useful if it recommended the same treatment to every user. The app can also forward information along to healthcare workers. If the worker knows that someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have a better idea of what sorts of problems that person might have.
All computer programs are made with the same building blocks you’re learning in this club. You can help save the world with code! Be sure to thank your Gurus and hosts! They make this stupendous CS First experience possible. Next club, you will build a story starring you. You will use everything you’ve learned from other days of the club to tell your own story. And again, until next time, go forth, and tell your story!