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In January, more than 70 students in grades 4 to 10 participated in the Innovative Designers Camp. In this 2-day camp, students learnt to problem-solve by being creative, applying design thinking, and adopting an integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) approach.

Formerly known as Code Camp, the Innovative Designers Camp gave students the chance to learn how to code and build robots, develop a mobile app with Swift, build a game in Python or MIT App Inventor, make something innovative with the BBC micro:bit, create a cartoon in Scratch, or create animations and digital music on a computer.

This year, we even had students from Myanmar attending! They were eager to grow their Python programming skills in the game development workshop. At the end of the camp, parents and friends were invited to join the showcase and listen to students present and demonstrate their problems and corresponding solutions and inventions. This was a fantastic way to celebrate what they had learnt, and closed the camp on a high. 

Here are some reactions from the Innovative Designers Camp participants:

Ammon and Mateo (grade 6) and Olivia (grade 4), Lakeside campus
Workshop name: Robots and Coding with Makeblock


What have you created? 

Beep Blop 2000 (Mbot robot). We programmed our robot to follow specific instructions, show patterns with flashing lights, “speak” in computer beeps, play music (loops on the laptop), do the moonwalk and dance, and play a gong.

What have you learnt? 

Ammon had some experience in coding, but Mateo and Olivia had no previous experience. We learnt to create code, built our robot, and incorporated mechanics.

What was the most exciting thing?

We did things differently from the others, learning independently by working on new techniques that weren’t introduced by the instructors. At one point, we were “sabotaged” by another team (they wouldn’t share a coding secret!) so we redid our code from scratch and made the second version even better!

Did you enjoy the camp? 

Yes. We’ll come back next year. Building and coding were the  highlights of the camp. Robots are fun to play with. We are going to continue to work with robots. It’s good to have experienced teachers to help. Sometimes it would be easier if the teachers just told us the answer, but we did appreciate that we learn more when they don’t and we enjoyed trying to figure things out on our own.

Vladislav Den (grade 8), Lakeside 
Workshop name: Making A Digital Cartoon  


What have you created? 

We created a two-minute cartoon using Scratch. I chose to make my cartoon about an introduction to school life at CIS to inform others about our everyday school experience.

What have you learnt?

I learnt that Scratch can be used as a calculator to solve complex equations. I realised that this could potentially help me with my math classes. 

What was the most exciting thing? 

When we got to choose the workshop we want to work on, we met others who have the same passion for the specific area of computer programming. It gave us opportunities to make new friends who have the same interests.

Did you enjoy the camp? 

Yes, I enjoyed the camp and it gave me a break from a normal school day and weekend routines. I also learnt a new skill and made some new friends. 

Saisha Adam and Giselle Omar - grade 4, TK 
Workshop name: Games Development With MIT App Inventor 


What have you created?

We created three different types of games; finger painting, fun quiz, and mole mashing. 

What have you learnt? 

We learnt how to use MIT App Inventor to create games that keep scores.

What was the most exciting thing? 

The most exciting part was learning how to make mole mashing because it allowed us to create any type of game we wanted. 

Did you enjoy the camp? 

Yeah, because we love computer programming and technology.

Gabriel and Toby - grade 4, TK 
Workshop name: Interactive Media Creation With Music 


What have you created? 

As a team we created a game similar to Geometry Dash where characters have to jump over obstacles.

What have you learnt? 

We learnt how to use microbits which are small processors that allow you to play LED lights, radio, and music. We also learnt more complex types of block based coding which allowed our games to have more features like music and images. 

What was the most exciting thing?

The entire experience was exciting. The camp gave us new opportunities to learn skills and create something with friends.

Did you enjoy the camp? 

Yes, because camp is fun. There are so many new skills to learn and people to meet. 

Greg and Sasha - grade 7, Lakeside
Workshop name: Game Development with Python


What have you created? 

We made a ball game inspired by tag. It’s a two-player game where one player is running away while the other person is tagging. It has two rounds and they each take turns chasing each other.

What have you learnt?

We learnt a computer language and realised the importance of ‘accuracy’, making connections to rules of grammar to make yourself understood. We also learnt how these languages operate by making connections between Javascript and Python and even Scratch, loops, variables, conditionals. 

What was the most exciting thing? 

Seeing the end product, seeing step by step improvements each time we ran our game. It was amazing to see that it’s possible to make ‘great things’ on your own, even within a short time.

Did you enjoy the camp? 

Yes! Definitely! We plan to continue in our free time.

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Ves Mark
Awesome! Keep it coming, we need more events like this for the students. Congratulations!!!
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