On Wednesday this week a group of ten children from Year 6 travelled to the Regent Street Apple Store to attend a Swift coding workshop for the launch of EU code week. Little did they know the surprise that was in store for them. ‘We started by playing a game called Salmon, Bear and Mosquito to help us understand how coding is a set of instructions. It was fun and broke the ice with the Apple team before we launched into how to code using Swift.
They were surprised by how much we already knew so it wasn’t long before we had the robots out. First we played races and programmed spheros to follow a path before finally getting out a set of Meebots and programming them to dance. We decided to team up and get our 4 robots to dance the same routine. As we were practising this, who should walk in but TIM COOK – CEO of Apple!!!
We couldn’t believe our eyes, we thought we were dreaming. Next thing we knew he was asking if we could show him our robot dance, it was hilarious, particularly when one of the robots kept falling over and it looked as though we had programmed it to break dance!!! It was definitely the best trip we have ever been on and we all came back to school with signed certificates, a T-shirt each and USB wrist band. Those of us who are in the school swift squad got to wear our hats and Tim signed those too. We can’t talk about what else we saw!’