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S1 and S2 Digital Media work

Our S1 and S2 pupils have been working on a variety of Digital Media tasks in Computing Science this term. Click the links below to see some examples:

 

 

 

 

S1 Computing Science Ambassadors

S1s help out at P6/7 Open Evening

Very proud of our S1 Computing Science Ambassadors giving up their time  to help with Microbit sessions at the recent open evening.Our visitors were very impressed with their enthusiasm and knowledge .

Animated School Prayer

Natalia Waszkowiak 1.4 animated school prayer

Congratulations to Natalia Waszkowiak from 1.4 whose animated school prayer was judged as the winning entry by the Principal Teacher of RE Mrs Dow. Natalia's animation has been running on a loop on the school TVs for everyone to enjoy.

Cisco Little Big Awards National Final

S2 team from St Paul's attend National final
Cisco Little Big Awards National Final

Team receiving their certificates

A team of S2s -  Oriana, Steven, Cain, Connor and Matthew were invited to the national final of the Cisco Little Big Awards down at Cisco HQ in London. The pupils had to present their Internet of Things idea to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers, followed by promoting their idea at a trade stand. Our team came up with idea of a piece of wearable tech. - 'The Broadcoat' which among other things changes temperature according to weather forecasts from the internet. The pupils also got the chance to take part in a Microbit workshop and received a tour of the state of the art Cisco building. If that wasn't enough, the team won the category for Creativity, Design & Usability.

Edinburgh International Film Festival – Understanding Cinema Project

Edinburgh International Film Festival – Understanding Cinema Project
Edinburgh International Film Festival – Understanding Cinema Project

Cinema Squad

A group of S3 Computing students have been taking part in a national film project this year. The pupils worked with a local filmmaker Sandie Jamieson to devise, script, film and edit their own short film. The project ended with the pupils showcasing their film at the Edinburgh Filmhouse along with 6 other schools from across the country. The pupils took part in a Q&A session and talked confidently and eloquently about the project to a large cinema audience. Click here for more information.

Leonardo UK Robot Games

Leonardo UK Robot Games
Leonardo UK Robot Games

Bartosz, Craig, Mr Gill and the Gourdie Chariot

Two of our S5 pupils Bartosz and Craig (along with Mr Gill for technical support) travelled down to Edinburgh on a dreach Saturday in June to compete in the Annual National Robot Games. The pair took the radio controlled robot chariot, hand built during lunchtimes and free periods and competed in tug of war, obstacle course and football challenges. The boys did well, getting a sub 1 minute time on the obstacle course, scoring a goal in the football match and getting to the quarter finals of the tug of war with the help of some Tate and Lyle. Congratulations to Craig for winning the team flag design competition as well. Thanks also to the Art department who managed to totally transform our chariot at very short notice. It looked fantastic. Find out more at click here

SCDI Young Engineers Showcase

SCDI Young Engineers Showcase
SCDI Young Engineers Showcase

Great Ambassadors for the school

Six of our pupils were invited down to the Glasgow Science Centre to showcase some of the extra-curricular Science and Engineering based projects they have been working on. The projects included a radio controlled robot which was built from scratch by 4 of our S5s (Chris, Bartosz, Kerry and Ben) under the expert guidance of Mr Low and Mr Gill our technicians, and a 3D printed water pump designed by two of our S1s (Daynah and Matthew). The pupils were a credit to the school and had a chance to explore the Glasgow Science Centre exhibits and take part in various STEM based challenges. Find out more at click here

Strathmore Trophy 2015

Luke, Declan, Abby, Cari and Amy at the 20th Annual Dundee University School of Computing Strathmore Trophy contest
Strathmore Trophy 2015

Group photo outside main lecture theatre

Our new S2s Luke, Abby, Cari and Amy competed against 20 other schools from as far a field as Glasgow today in a technology based contest. Pupils had to use Google App Inventor to devise and create a mobile phone app of their choice. The group were a credit to the school and made it to the final but sadly missed out on the top prize.

Declan Shafi was invited along as part of the group of experts giving teams technical assistance when needed and again performed admirably.

Digital reporters Cari, DJ and Evan record an interview with Local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Digital reporters Cari, DJ and Evan record an interview with Local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Vikki Bunce Interview

This afternoon local Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce visited the Computing department. Cari Wilde a keen hockey player herself and a member of the school Digital Commonwealth team interviewed Vikki about her career to date. The interview was filmed by Cari's team mates Evan Roberston and DJ Bradley. Vikki had very interesting answers to the well considered interview questions posed by Cari. The team will edit the video footage and we will share the finished film with the school when it is complete.

Evening Telegraph photographer with local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Evening Telegraph photographer with local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Photo opportunity

Today an Evening Telegraph photographer came to the Computing Department to take some photos of local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce handing over prize money to Evan, Cari and DJ. The pupils were key members of the Digital Commonwealth group that through their hardwork and creativity won first place in 2 out of the 3 categories in a national competition. The money we have received will go towards purchasing new film-making, sound recording and green screen equipment and software to help take Digital Media forward as a subject area in the school.