Tech savvy students from Aberfoyle Park High School are designing and creating their own game applications. Keen Year 8 and 9 students are learning to develop applications or ‘apps’ using IPads at the school’s Coding Club, run twice a week over lunchtime.
A game, developed by one of the students is due to be listed on the Apple Store in coming days.
The game involves dodging falling geometrical shapes and grabbing things to score points and bonus lives. The game has been hugely popular within the school. Check out the Channel 7 story which recently aired.
Extracurricular activities and student achievement: Everyone gains
South Australian Government Schools offer a range of extracurricular activities including sport, governance, community service, student newspaper, music, dance and drama. Other more unusual and specialised activities include robotics, animation, astronomy, poetry, film making and game app development.Extracurricular activities build confidence. And this confidence can translate into a more confident performance in the classroom. So when choosing your school preferences, why not also consider other activities that you would like to participate in to make the most of your study abroad experience.
Many activities take place at lunchtime, but some occur before school, after school or on the weekends.
In pursuing activities that interest them, students discover what they are capable of, how to apply themselves and how to work collaboratively and responsibly with others. These are all key skills for success.