Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GEGNZ Student Summit @ Ormiston junior college

Today the year 7 & 8 extension got the chance to attend a GEGNZ summit, at Ormiston Junior collge. Over 400 students came to show and participate in their own workshops.

We arrived half an hour early which means we got the opportunity to take a quick look around, when it was time we met in the auditorium. We were introduced to some people who made the day possible and we also talked about some of the house keeping rules and we were introduced to the "Young ocean explorers" father and daughter who explore all different reefs of the ocean searching for sealife they even have their own t.v show where they show different animals and tips on how to keep our ocean life safe. Our Senior extension group were split into 2 groups 1 group was set a task for one workshop to show students from other schools how we produce our own news network that is played around the whole school and to get them to participate in making their own news network. The other workshop was showing students how to create their own game using scratch code.

 The schools that weren't presenting had the choice to either visit other workshops or just set up their own for the up coming rotation. The first workshop our group went to was a robotic workshop. Teaching us all about how to code mini robots and about the makey makey device and also teaching us h
ow to play coding games using an iPad and mini blocks. In the end we were also lucky enough to take a photo with one of the teachers who recently moved from our school to ormiston Junior.

My groups rotation was the scratch game. We were in a crowded room so it was hard to hear what we were saying. We introduced the project scratch and then we presented while roaming around the room helping students with code and teaching them how to make their own game. There were heaps of errors like the sever not connecting or it being to slow and not being able to access the scratch sever. In the end only one game was almost completed all the rest either had their code messed up or just weren't completed.

Overall I think that this being my first time at the GEGNZ summit was a good first impression. The school itself gave us ideas about making our school a better place and also the different workshops about code, sealife and even creating our own characters.

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