Sunday, June 8, 2014

Free Run Post 25

20 time was a completely new thing for me. It gave me the chance to try something new without having to worry about it being a failure. Overall, I would say that this project was a great way to expand my horizons and I really did enjoy it. However, documenting my experiences made it a little less enjoyable and the stress leading up to giving a speech also made it feel more stressful and less a like a fun project. At the same time, I understand that Mr. Provenzano needed to give us a grade and I think that the blog posts were a realistic way of accomplishing that.
Next year I think that the blog posts and speeches will be a good way to go about the project. On the other hand I also believe that the speech should be in a lower pressure situation so that people will not be so nervous. 
I believe that the entire school should have the 20 time project for at least one year or as an option as a separate class. The reason that I say this is because I think that 20 time teaches students that it is not all about being successful and that sometimes failure is just as key in learning. I also think that 20 time developed my public speaking skills and that it would be good for everybody to have their skills upgraded.
My advice to any future kids that try 20 time is this, make sure you like what you are doing before you commit, and collect pictures so you aren't scrambling at the end.
Thank you for keeping up with my 20 time project!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Post 24

This past Friday, Paul and I gave our twenty time speech. While it didnt go perfectly, I don't think that it went badly either. Originally, our talk was going to be about 9 minutes long, however, due to rushing due to being nervous and the skipping of a discussion by accident made it around 7 and 1/2 minutes instead. While that is still within the time limit, I wish it could have been longer and that that argument had not been missed. 

Also, our timing was out of sync during the talk to a certain extent. However, considering the small amount of time that Paul and I actually had to practice the speech together (since we had conflicting schedules and spent most of the time together preparing what the talk would be about)  I think that the flow was not that bad. For now, that's all I'm going to say about the speech but more will come  next time when our teacher has specific things for Paul and I to answer.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Run Post 23

These past two weeks have been a flurry of activities for Paul and I when it comes to the 20 time speech that we have to give at the end of the year, on May 22. These activities have consisted of mainly getting the speech planned out, and then creating the slides to accompany the speech and act as alerts when we need to wrap up the topic we are on and move to the next one.

The first part of our speech is going to be where we introduce ourselves and then tell the audience what we are going to talk about. We will introduce ourselves by stating our names and grades so that the audience knows from who's perspective the speech is coming. The speech or talk will be about a few main themes, mainly problem solving and perseverance.

The second part of the speech will be about how our 20 time project, coding, has gotten us to these conclusions. For example, it is going to be about problem solving because the project has required us to be able to find even the smallest error by employing problem solving. The project has also shown us that perseverance is key because we had to persevere through so many setbacks in order to be able to get so close to finishing the game.

The final part of the speech will be about why these findings are important to the audience. In this section, we will cover how the art of coding opens many job openings and is an enjoyable past time, as well as how having the skills that coding gives you is very helpful in any career, even if it does not involve coding directly.
Thanks! We will post again soon! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Free Run Post 22

This past week Paul and I were vacationing in different locations, so we have not been able to work on the actual game on his laptop. However, we did work on the slides that we will need for the 20 time talk at the end of the school year. We finished a majority of the slides and have most of our talk planned out, we are approximately at about eight minutes so far but would like to have a talk lasting closer to ten minutes. The slides have been tricky to make due to the fact that the topics that we are going to discuss encompass things that cannot be seen, such as perseverance and problem solving, although the latter is going to be represented by pictures of  Paul and I working together. We are going to be spending the majority of our time on the talk that we are expected to give but will keep you updated on everything we do!
Thanks! We will post again in two weeks.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Free Run Post 21

These last two weeks, Paul and I have been focusing primarily on the talk that we are required to give at the end of the year. We have discussed the setup of the talk and started to create slides on the subjects that we want to talk about. These slides will be used as visual cues during the presentation so that we will know when to move on and what subject to move on to.
While the speech has been the main focus of the last two weeks, we have made a few small improvements to the game such as attempting to add sound to when the player dies, spawns, jumps, and so on.
Thanks! We will post again in two weeks!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Free Run Post 20

These past two weeks have been rather hectic, so Paul and I have not had a lot of time to get together outside of school. Instead, we have worked more on our speech over text messaging. We have a few of the bare essentials of the speech down, such as what we might concentrate on. We are probably going to concentrate on the endless job opportunities that coding can bring to kids later in life as well as how it improves skills such as problem solving and, if you are working with others to create something using coding, teamwork. We will also most likely add something about how this project has taught us to pay greater attention to detail. Although that it is not the entirety of what we will talk about, it's a start.
Thanks. We will post again in 2 weeks.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Free Run post 19

This past week, Paul and I have been looking into how to make the surfaces that our character will be jumping and running on. These are just solid actors that do not move and have collision attributes on them. We have tried a few different combinations and are probably going to use several of these setups for different levels. We have found this primarily through experimentation so we do not have a link for you to look at. However, I'm sure there are many out there to suit your needs and interests. 

We have also started to look at the possible avenues to our speech at the end of this product. We have started to plan what we will talk about, but have not done enough to talk about on here yet. 

We will be posting more next week! Thanks!