I was fortunate to do some work with Young Rewired State on Thursday (very short notice ) and I have to say that the talent and enthusiasm for code and programming has been a very uplifting experience.
As mentioned I came in late to the program, the young coders had been given a brief of developing a website with unique and original content using a variety of programming skills. The ‘Crew’ was set a brief to make a portal or website called ‘Know Your Area’ where by typing in your postcode the website automatically displays statistics and data about the area you live in. The information range from local schools, shopping & business – also crime statistics. This was supplemented by a Quiz and a Prezi presentation all embedded in the website – clever stuff.
The enthusiasm and dedication to the task was infectious and very impressive, this was clearly not a ‘chore’ that had to be endured.
All files and code had to be uploaded to github; including creating repo from scratch and converting files. The skills acquired through the days will set up the youngsters with a great competence ion coding and programming.
Collaboration was evident in any aspect of the project – great spirit !!
It think its fair to say that Tom was the ‘performer’ in the goup -this to much amusement at times; I mean coding is meant to be FUN !! ( I was barred from uploading Youtube clips of his performance 😜)
Things are coming together in the 11th hour , nothing like the smell of panic in the air . . .
And here is what the finished website looks like, very professional – great design and colour scheme:
FOC is hosted by i-DAT and University of Plymouth and I am very sorry to have to miss the Grand Finale but why not have a look at some of the 180 great projects and talented coders and designers taking part in Festival of Code 2014.