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2014 Fall Computer Club Cancelled

Due to lack of students, Computer Club is cancelled for the 2014 Fall semester.

Before Spring semester, sign-ups will go out, to make sure there is sufficient interest in having a computer club.

Computer Club 2014-2015 Begins!

Monday, September 22

That is the day that we will be returning.

Like previous years, Computer Club will be meeting every Monday and Wednesday, between 3:20PM and 4:20PM.

This first semester, we’ll be focusing on the web.

The first week we will go over the rules for Computer Club, then quickly go over some of the basics.  After that, we’ll learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript (with a focus on jQuery), and then look into content management systems.  We may also look into web services, and if it doesn’t everyone to sleep, talk about REST and what it means for creating web applications.

Also, I will be buying the parts and building a computer in the classroom.  When this computer is finished, we will use it as a server for hosting web content the students create.

Computer Club is intended for High School students.

Game Design First Impressions

The Computer Club met up today, and I think it went fairly well!

To make it easier to see the Game Design content, a Game Design section has been added to this site, and all of the notes that I’ll take will will be stored there.

We are changing up the format a little bit with the club.  There are a number of individuals that have some advanced knowledge of some of the tools we’re going to be using.  Some people are proficient with Blender (which will be installed on the computers as soon as I have time), and we have a few people that have used Unity before.  To facilitate different levels of interest, I will lead the club through some basic projects, but anyone at any time can work on other projects, if that’s what they’re more comfortable doing.

I’ll also try to make sure that there is plenty of time each time we meet for people to work on whatever projects they’d like to, without feeling like they’re falling behind.

There won’t be school for quite a while, so the next time Computer Club will meet will be Monday, February 24th.

 

– Brian

Computer Club Returns!

Wednesday, February 12th!

We’ll return, and we will learn the Unity 3D engine!

We will learn:

  • The Unity 3D engine tools
  • Paint.NET (a free graphics editor similar to Photoshop)
  • Game design
  • Game scripting using C#

If you have not participated in the Computer Club before, it’s okay!  We’re all going to be learning a lot of new stuff.

If you have participated before, or if you are familiar with C, C#, C++, or Java, you will find the scripting engine in Unity very familiar.

We’re going to start slow and easy, learning the tools and general game design first.  Then we’ll launch into more ambitious tasks.

If you have any comments or questions, simply post a response or comment to this post.

See you all Wednesday!

Longer Vacation than Expected

I was hoping to have the Computer Club back up and in full swing by now.  Unfortunately, some projects came up with work, and I haven’t been able to leave work as I had been to come back to the club.

There’s some setup that is still required on the computers in the B-2 room.  When we get back together, we’re going to try and learn how to use the Unity 3D engine (http://unity3d.com/).

Along the way, we’re going also going to learn:

  • Aspects of Game Design
  • Graphic tools
  • More programming best practices

 

Computer setup will take place next week.  I’m hoping that we can get the club going the week after that.  When it’s known for sure, an announcement will be sent out (hopefully through SchoolLoop)

– Brian Buhl

Like the Phoenix…

The End is Near!

 

This is the last week of Computer Club for the year of 2013.

However!  In the second week of January, 2014, the Computer Club will resume.  We’ll be focused on learning how to use the Unity 3D engine in order to develop some really amazing games.

Be sure and tell your friends.  Bear in mind that this club is still for High School students.  For a younger student exception, I will need to speak with a parent.

No Class/Club Wednesday

Wednesday, November 6th, I will be in New Mexico, working on other programming projects.

There will be no class/club that day.

In the meantime, give the requirements for the MadLibs program thought, so that when we return on Monday, we’ll be able to make good progress.

Monday Successes!

Today, we did another exercise expounding on what we learned last week.

Dean Angelo and Matt were able to complete the exercise first, earning their names on the front page of this site.  Well done guys!

Getting to the Programming

We’re into our third week now, and in spite of some technical challenges and a touch of illness, we’re moving into the more exciting part of the club: programming.

Some of what we’re working on now is review.  Monday, we created a basic “Hello World!” application, as all good first-time programmers do.  Of course, this isn’t the first time for most of the kids in the club.  It’s still a valid exercise, and an excellent review of some forgotten basics.

This is a precarious stage.  The excitement of newness has receded, and the work is just beginning.  These first few projects that we’ll be working on aren’t flashy or exciting, and it’s easy for the kids’ attention to drift into other areas.

It is important to try and focus during this time, though, because it’s at the beginning where we lay down a foundation.  We’re going to be going over objects, object oriented programming, strings, and some basic rules in the next week or two.  When these basics are grasped, other, more interesting concepts become available, and the types of applications we’ll be able to write will be more advanced.

We just have to get through this challenging stage first.

Brand New Year, Brand New Website

Welcome back to Computer Club!

Last year was an ambitious year.  I had a lot of lofty goals, and while many were achieved, one that eluded me was having a genuine website for the club, where students and parents could visit and see what exactly was going on.

This year, we’re starting it off right.  I’ll post announcements and subjects to this site, organized by week.  Projects that we do in class will also be uploaded to this site, so that they can easily be downloaded by students when needed.  No more shuffling around with jump drives!

Another change from last year is that the club will no longer be 6th grade through high school.  It is now for high school kids only.  While there were some very clever youngsters in the club last year, the age disparity made it extremely difficult to pace the subjects in a satisfactory way.

I’m really looking forward to this year’s club!  The first day will be September 4th, and the hours will be from 3:10 to 4:10.  See you there!