Local students become developers for the day with Holiday Extras

Tuesday, 29th April 2014

minecraft-day2Computer science students from Brockhill Park College, Hythe, put their programming skills to the test during an open industry day on Friday 25 April, at local travel company Holiday Extras.

They were challenged to become a ‘developer for a day’ and demonstrate how the computer programming they have learned in the classroom could be transferred into the business world.

The 16 pupils from year 9 and 10, were paired with in-house computer developers to design and build castles using Minecraft alongside development software Javascript.

Minecraft, a Lego-style adventure game, played by more than 33 million users worldwide, and one of the most popular websites in the UK, is a great platform to educate students learning computer development.

Emily Rumbelow from Holiday Extras Short Breaks, who organised the day, said: “Programming in Minecraft is a great way of introducing the students to pair programming, solving problems together and bringing what they have learned in the classroom to life.”

The day culminated with each student being presented with posters featuring the castles they designed, demonstrating how their work could be used for email marketing and social media campaigns.

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Picture caption:  Left to right – standing behind is teacher Mohanned Al-Jourani.

Seated: Marcus Cook, web developer at Holiday Extras Shortbreaks, with Jack Waghorne and Cameron Mitchell from Brockhill Park College; who put their programming skills to the test during an open industry day on Friday 25 April, at local travel company Holiday Extras.