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P1 Nativity at St Andrew's RC Primary

P1 Nativity at St Andrew's RC Primary

Holly and Lee outside St Andrew's

Using the skills gained from their NPA in Digital Media,Lee Bachelor and Holly Kelly filmed 'Shine Star, Shine' the P1 nativity at St Andrew's RC primary today. Lee and Holly will edit the video footage and we will make DVDs for the primary school to sell to parents. The two S6 pupils were praised for their maturity and professionalism and it is great to see them using their talents to help one of our feeder primary schools.

Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay

Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay

Police Scotland

On Wednesday 17th December our S4 National 5 Computing Science pupils attended the Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay. Pupils listened to talks from Dr Natalie Coull on Ethical Hacking, NCCGroup on Social Engineering and Police Scotland about the career opportunities and the risks we all face online. Pupils also heard from Dr Karen Petrie of Dundee University who gave a talk on “The women of station X” and the event closed with a hilarious “Detonate”  quiz from Brian Higgins of Cyber Security Challenge UK.

GameMaker STEM Challenge Scotland 2014

GameMaker STEM Challenge Scotland 2014

Finalists with panel of judges

Our two teams competed in the national final yesterday in which they had to pitch their game to a panel of software company professionals. Laser Games (DJ Bradley, Evan Robertson, Jacob Christie, Josh Wyness and Declan Shafi) came second place and received £30 of Amazon vouchers and £300 worth of software each. Gangsta Games (Cale Anderson, Paul Jackson and Joshua Cairns) came third and received £20 of Amazon vouchers and £200 worth of software each. Both teams of S1 and S2 pupils performed brilliantly and held their own against teams of mainly S4 pupils and had a great time in the YoYo games headquarters on the riverfront in Dundee.

Iain Smart from Hacksoc

Iain Smart from Hacksoc

Iain delivering his talk

Today we were lucky to get a visit from Iain Smart a third year Ethical Hacking student at Abertay and a member of the Ethical Hacking society Hacksoc. Iain explained to our S4 National 5 students what Ethical Hacking is, what the course involved and what the career prospects were like for graduates from the course. Iain also took the students through some basic programming in a language called Python.

Dr Rachel Menzies visits St Paul’s

Dr Rachel Menzies visits St Paul’s

Dr Menzies helps Darren and Abbie with their Super Mario tune

St Paul’s Computing department was lucky to have a visit from Dr Rachel Menzies, a lecturer at Dundee University School of Computing.  Dr Menzies worked with the pupils using our programmable Arduino boards. Pupils got to try out wiring up and programming LEDS and some even got round to programming their own tunes through speakers that they wired up to the boards.

Digital Commonwealth / Young Scot Legacy Event

Three of our Digital Commonwealth team - Cari Wilde, Evan Robertson and DJ Bradley were invited down to The Shore to share their experiences of this project. The pupils got a chance to offer their ideas on how to engage young people over the themed events planned in Scotland over the next four years starting with the Year of Food and Drink in 2015 and culminating in Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018. The pupils also received a Young Scot goody bag for taking part.

P6/7 Open Evening Scratch programming taster

P6/7 Open Evening Scratch programming taster

Ali helping our visitors with their game.

Parents and pupils from our feeder primary schools took part in Scratch programming workshops, ably assisted by two S3 Computing pupils John and Ali. Parents and pupils alike did a great job of programming a character that moved around the screen.

S3 Computing trip - Get with the Programme: meet the expert

S3 Computing trip -  Get with the Programme: meet the expert

Ali building a Server

A group of our S3 Computing pupils visited the Science Centre today to take part in three workshops aimed at showing pupils a selection of the wide variety of opportunities available to them in the field of Computing Science. Pupils learned about Sound Engineering, Robotics and Networking. The workshops were hosted by Perth College, St Andrews University and local technology firm Brightsolid. One of the highlights was a demonstration of the Nao robot performing some tai chi.

 

Networking taster session at Dundee College

Networking taster session at Dundee College

Connor was the first to get his cable working .

Four of our Advanced Higher and Higher Computing class visited Dundee College yesterday afternoon where they were given a tour of the Gardyne Road campus and took part in a practical networking lesson. As part of the lesson pupils had to produce their own working network cable, which we all soon discovered was harder than it looks! The boys all looked great in their school uniform, representing the school in fine fashion. The trip hopefully opened the pupils minds to different career paths and education options when they leave St Paul's.

Robolab at Sensation

Robolab at Sensation

The club outside Sensation

12 pupils from the Gamemaker club visited Sensation yesterday to take part in a robotics workshop. The pupils were given the challenge to program a Lego Mindstorms robot to navigate through a maze and shoot at a target. All the teams succeeded in the challenge and their behaviour was impeccable. Pupils also got a chance to look around the Monsters, Myths and Legends exhibition.

Gamemaker club

Gamemaker club

Daniel from Future Fossil helping S1s with their game

Daniel and Phil from the local games company Future Fossil came in last Friday lunchtime to see the progress our Gamemaker teams were making and to offer help and advice. The visitors were very impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity shown by the teams.

P6/7 Open Evening Animation Tasters

P6/7 Open Evening Animation Tasters
P6/7 Open Evening Animation Tasters

Parents and pupils animating

As part of the P6/7 open evening, parents and feeder primary pupils had a go at some stop frame animation with a little help from our S1 and S4 students who kindly gave up their free time to attend the evening.