Adventurers: Ages 8-12

Creative App Design: Introduction (2 Hours)

Is your child crazy about mobile apps? This brand new course invites students to become app designers! Please note: for this course, we provide printed resources that are sent to you. Students will also need to provide their own Android device, or they can purchase one to keep for future courses before checking out (£50).
Age 8-12
Difficulty Level
Suitable for beginners
Date & Times 15th - 19th February (5 days) / 10:00 - 12:15 (duration 2 hours 15 mins)
Price £200.00 (25% off the second course when booking 2 or more)
£200.00
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Is your child a creative genius? Are they obsessed with mobile apps? Are they looking for another creative digital challenge? Then this app design course is for them! Your child will learn about important app design concepts such as wireframes and user journeys by creating card and paper smartphone models. These fully-formed paper prototypes serve as a blueprint when making digital prototypes using the Marvel App - software utilised by professionals to build and test apps quickly. Finally, our budding app creators will flex their coding knowledge using the MIT App Inventor to bring their app to life!

Learning outcomes

In this course, students will learn all about the process of app design. From explaining what affordances and call-to-actions are, to understanding what wireframe and click streams do, the whole process will help them gain confidence with their programming and creative skills. They’ll start by creating a storyboard and user journey, moving onto understanding what prototypes and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) are and they’ll learn to understand functions. Coders will gain confidence with coordinates, drawing and using images, finishing the course with their very own customised app!

Information for parents

We ask that - for at least the first session - an adult is available to help your child with their set-up in order to avoid any delays. Setting this software up is easy and we will provide you with comprehensive set-up instructions before your lessons begin, so do check your email!

MIT App Inventor uses Blockly/block-based coding to turn ideas into real working apps on an Android device, therefore existing Scratch knowledge/experience will be an advantage in this course but is not required. Please note that we do not provide Android devices, so please do provide your own or purchase one from us at checkout.

Class structure

This is a sample schedule to show how our virtual lessons are structured.

10.00 - 10.15
Set-up
Students will set up their coding environments, share any work from the previous day or projects they have done independently.
10.15 - 11.00
Coding
45 minutes of focused coding, led by our fantastic teachers. Students will face new challenges, solidify their knowledge of coding concepts and flex their creativity!
11.00 - 11.15
Wrap-up
Students will complete quizzes and challenges to test their knowledge and share their work.
My favourite part was choosing the colours for my app!

Student, aged 9

  • How does it work?

    • We have a maximum teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
    • Our courses and virtual classroom have been extensively user-tested and refine to ensure they offer the best possible learning experience
    • Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
  • Each student will need...

    • A laptop or computer with a high-speed internet connection
    • A headset/earphones
    • A webcam and microphone
    • An Android device
    • Printed resources (provided by BlueShift)
    • Craft supplies (scissors, glue, paper and pens)
    • An adult to help set up - before each session we will email instructions on how to set up out video conferencing software
  • Our tutors

    • BlueShift teaching staff are coding professionals, who are passionate about passing their expertise onto children - many have previously taught at prestigious schools
    • Teachers undergo a rigorous application and training process, ensuring we get the best of the best
    • All teachers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Policies

Lateness policy

Customer feedback has told us that students joining late can be disruptive for other learners. Therefore, we have imposed a cut-off time for joining lessons. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a lesson, they will not be admitted. Late students will be able to catch up using recordings of the lesson and additional learning resources.

Recordings of lessons

All online lessons will be recorded, and recordings will be uploaded to the class padlet as a resource for students who have missed a lesson, or who want to watch again. Recordings will only be available to students in the class, the class teacher and the BlueShift team. Recordings will be deleted seven days after the course ends.

FAQs:

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  • Can I use an iPad/tablet or a Chromebook instead of laptop/PC?
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    Natalia, parent

  • "These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"

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  • "My son was very keen to advance in programming. Not only has this been achieved, but his self-esteem has been greatly raised through your work. Thank you!"

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  • "The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"

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