Microsoft MasterClass & CarrickDojo New Term

Our next CarrickDojo will be starting next Saturday! Stay tuned to get your tickets tomorrow, Tuesday @4:00p.m. !! We have new projects to work with and lots of new ideas and challenges to face!

In our last session before Easter, on the Saturday 28th of March, we had a joint Dojo with BoyleCoderDojo. We brought XXI century technology into King House, the fantastic Georgian Mansion built in the early 1700’s.

Stephen Howell, Microsoft Ireland’s Academic Engagement Manager, came to give a lively and interesting master class about some of Microsoft’s coolest new tools. He gave us a demonstration of how the Scratch Sprite can be controlled by our body movements and we had some Ninjas playing the Space Invaders game, just by moving their arms left and right and putting their hands in the air! It was amazing, we all know now how we could start building our own Xbox Kinect games with Scratch. It was an inspiration that give us lots of ideas to bring to the Scratch sessions.

Stephen also showed us Microsoft’s new gaming creation environment called Project Spark and the latest game creation environment and the game development tool Touch Develop for creating games for touch devices.

It was a great day organised by Boyle and Carrick on Shannon on Coderdojo. The event was supported by Roscommon Leader Network and Bank of Ireland where around 60 Ninjas and Mentors from Carrick and Boyle together discovered new ideas and cool technology! Thank you all for supporting the event.

You can grab the code and have a play with Stephen Code HERE. Anyone got a Kinect we can borrow!?