Learning Labs Recap

Screenshot of a half-constructed building in the game Minecraft
Work created Devika Learning students using Minecraft

Want to know what happened at the July UOW Learning Labs?

Devika Learning recently facilitated several workshops during the July school holiday Learning Labs at the University of Wollongong. Devika workshop facilitator Tom said the events were “fantastic” and that it was a great opportunity to teach tech-passionate kids from year 4 to year 10.

The best part of this experience was getting to inspire the next generation and to let them improve and learn skills that are different to what they normally get to learn,” said Tom.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in such an awesome event.”

The Devika Learning workshops covered topics like Minecraft, development with Scratch and Touch, and an introduction to virtual reality using Unity. The youngest of Devika’s Learning Lab students used Minecraft to develop their teamwork, spatial awareness and understanding of virtual worlds. Using Minecraft as a learning tool kept the students engaged and enjoying themselves learning.

Older students got to try their hand at coding using the Scratch and Touch. The user-friendly interfaces of these platforms make them ideal for coding beginners. Using the programs students learned the basics of coding by creating projects similar to Cookie Clicker and Flappy Bird (simple online games that young students are often familiar with and can be recreated easily).

Screenshot collage of Cookie Cutter and Flappy Bird games
Students at the Devika Learning Lab workshops got to create games similar to that of Cookie Cutter and Flappy Bird.

The most senior Learning Lab students experienced a real treat: virtual reality. Students used the multiplatform game engine Unity to learn the basic of VR app development, c# code and the potential careers in game development and programming that these skills could allow them to pursue.

Devika Learning also runs after-school workshops similar to UOW’s Learning Labs during school terms. Contact us to enrol now.

Learning Labs Recap