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Just Dance with the Algorithm: A parent’s guide to computing at home

Author: e.ashman

Following on from last week’s workshop, Big Data, this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is Just Dance with the Algorithm, a workshop that will introduce your children to the wonderful world of Algorithms.

An Algorithm is a set of step-by-step instructions that can be followed in order to carry out a task.

This workshop is perfect for ages 5 -14 years.

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Part 1 of the workshop will introduce the concept of algorithms and how these can be used to plan a dance routine.

  • To begin, we will design 3 dance sequences and name them to learn about functions (named sequences of instructions)
  • We will then learn about the three building blocks of programming: sequence, selection and iteration
  • Finally, we will test our dance algorithm to make sure it fits with the music and make any changes necessary

Part 2 of the workshop will teach your child how to convert the dance algorithm created in part one into a fully digitised version using Construct 3!

  • To begin, we will learn how to import assets (these are all the things you will be using in your game i.e. images, sound etc.)
  • Next, we will learn how to create an animation using a sequence of images
  • Finally, we will learn how to create functions by naming our sequences of instructions and about calling a function by deciding when each function should be run

I hope your little learners enjoy Just Dance with the Algorithm please do get in touch with me at estelle@ukie.org.uk if you have any comments or feedback on the workshop and don't forget to check out all our past workshops, here.

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