“Amazing and goofy at the same time (just like 4th graders)” is how I am going to be describing the Code Club Showcase of projects this time around.
The first showcase was this afternoon. I think the students were really nervous about the parents coming and worried about the logistics of the showcase but they filled out their presentation sheets and then had the chance to test out everyone’s projects before parents arrived. When the parents started arriving the students had to forego the computers for our guests and become hosts and hostesses. They showed their family where to sit and helped them navigate to the projects. They were flexible about the presentation order as we decided to start before some parents to showed up and we switched a few around so that the parents would get to see their students presentation.
I remembered my camera but had to ask a parent to take pictures for me. He did a nice job.
I thought the presentations went really well. At the last minute I thought to have them ask a buddy to play the game while they were presenting and that worked out nicely. Pair presenters decided ahead of time who would say what.
Of course the parents loved the amazing and goofy projects. They seemed to follow along well – laughing and clapping when appropriate.
Tomorrow’s projects are just as amazing and goofy. We have two more Angry Bird type games – one involving flying toilet paper and the other a flying marshmallow.
A good number of projects have strong, continual dance party music soundtrack going in the background.
Some have some pretty awesome custom Sprites or backgrounds.
And then there are the llamas.
A number of projects could have used more time to implement more of the things they had in mind. But, it is what it is. I’ve been saying that a lot this last week. That is the lesson of the deadline. We tried to plan well, but even so, unforeseen things happen. With programming, things always seem to take longer than you think.
Tomorrow is the showcase and all these amazing and goofy projects will be presented to parents. I’m very proud of all these students. And I’ll think I’ll end there. It is what it is.