The students arrived in Scarborough around 10am, where they were greeted by Student Recruitment Manager Helen Dunn. The morning was spent learning about university life through activities including a campus tour, degree course Pictionary and games based on time and money management: vital skills for any university student.
“I enjoyed learning about universities and gaining knowledge for the future”
After lunch it was time to begin the programming activity in one of the university’s state-of-the-art media labs. The session was led by lecturer Paul Warren and comprised ten steps turning a multimedia slideshow into an interactive fruit machine game.
Throughout the course of the session the students were introduced to concepts such as functions, arrays and variables which some were already familiar with thanks to their experiences with the Python programming language as part of their GCSE ICT studies this year.
“We gained experience of programming on the iMacs. It was a challenging yet fun experience”
By the end of the day all of the students had gotten to grips with the language and had put their own unique ‘spin’ on the fruit machine concept. The response of the students to the day was overwhelmingly positive, with students describing it as “inspirational and educational” and “fantastic”.
Mr Walton praised the students’ efforts when he said, “the students were challenged with the programming language as they have never used this before but all gave it their best and were very impressive! As always the students were a credit to the college and were exemplarily behaved.” Ms Boyd echoed this view, proclaiming, “it was a challenge, but the students rose to the challenge.”
The day was certainly an enriching experience for the students and staff involved and hopefully has gone some way towards helping the students plan for their future after leaving college.