Young learners, are you creating apps with Scratch and App Inventor on your own? Need more inspirations on what to create next? We are delighted to announce Preface Nomad Jr – our very own online knowledge YouTube channel!
Check out how to create your own Pokemon GIF with Mr Mark:
Our channel will be featuring tutorials for both Scratch and MIT App Inventor projects and showing every step of how to create fun apps and games on your own. We’ll upload videos every day, so you can join us and create Pokemon, Space Invader, Face Filter, etc all together and learn how to apply your programming skills!
It’s the Halloween season and Preface Hackathon is infested by a bunch of friendly ghosts! On last Sunday, The Nomad recruited teams of App Inventor and Scratch students to find these ghosts using machine learning.
Building “Ghostbusters” with MIT App Inventor
This year many friendly ghosts hid inside QR codes. The mission of our ghostbusters (aka the App Inventor students) is to bust as many ghosts as possible – all done with a self-built app. Students learnt how to build a mobile app that makes use of QR code scanning and image recognition plugin to accomplish their mission in the Halloween-themed campus.
MIT Scratch – Digital Costume using Facial Recognition
Physical Halloween costumes are so predictable. This year our Scratch students created their very own digital costume using facial recognition technology. In this Hackathon, they learnt how to design and wear their own digital costumes using Scratch, and build interactive Halloween games using the facial recognition tech and motion sensors.
All our students are ready for Halloween with their own shiny apps this year, what about you?
Nomad Hackathon is a monthly event where all our young coding students meet and build projects that serve the community around them. Being notorious for its tropical weather, it’s rather tricky to stay dry in Hong Kong in the rain season. What’s the hack from Preface coding students to keep the moist away?
Umbrella rentals on demand
What’s the one essential to have when you need to be on the move under the rain? A trusty umbrella, of course. The trouble of carrying one around though is a big put off. At the same time, our App Inventor students saw it as an unnecessary problem in nowaday’s sharing economy — we share everything from videos to bicycles and even homes. Why not umbrellas, too? It should be there when you need it, and gone when you don’t.
There born the idea of Preface Coffee’s “Umbrella-To-Go” app. The cafe is launching an umbrella rental service this summer — for $50 anyone can rent an umbrella from Preface Coffee. Upon returning, guests can redeem a drink for free. Our baristas will be using this app to keep track of the rental record and send reminders to guests who are yet to return the umbrellas.
We will first soft launch this service at Preface Coffee, and slowly add more collection points around the district of Tin Hau, Hong Kong. Expect to see a troop of Tin-Hau dwellers crossing the zebra lines holding up black umbrellas (or the blue cups from Preface Coffee) later this summer!
T-Rex Runner Game in Preface Coffee
For the younger students from the Scratch class, they created a mini game for people to play while waiting for the sulky rain to stop. It’s a mini game called Baby T-Rex Runner. You may have encountered this game from Preface Coffee already, but this one is new, you know, with a cute baby T-Rex. The winning version from Alvin features a gigantic, earth-piercing rainbow in the background. It’s his ultimate tribute to anyone who’s patient enough to wait for the rain to stop, for the rainbow to show its true glory.
With these creations from our students we are all set for the summer rain to hit. Now we’re just waiting for the rain to come. Time to play a round of Baby T-Rex Runner, maybe…?
Paving Way for Bigger Stage in MIT Boston App Inventor 2019
Preface Nomad was honored to be invited to Scratch Day Japan, the biggest coding event in Asia to present our students’ work to an international crowd. Coding teachers, Scratch coders and technology enthusiasts all gathered around the high stage while we presented “Let Snorlax Sleep”, a game coded by our 6-year-old student. Is it just another game using a keyboard to play? 100% not. “Awesome” is the word to describe this game, as it cleverly uses the camera sensor to detect the gamer’s movement as the main control. Gamers can sweep the bugs off by swiping their hands in front of the camera, immersing in a 3D gaming experience. The applause and positive feedback from the audience reassured us the impact that Preface Nomad is making — we are not only showing our students how to make a game. We are empowering them to do something great, and become someone who owns the stage.
Yet another proud announcement from us — Preface is invited by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to participate in App Inventor Summit in Boston, one of the world’s largest coding conferences to date. In this August, we will join the event as a Premium Educator to host a 3-hour workshop demonstrating how to make the best use of App Inventor to create highly engaging projects. We will also introduce and exhibit the best works of our students to the top educators and developers coming from all over the world. To prepare for this big event, we are recruiting our brightest students and alumni to build a community-based project together. Talk to the Preface Nomad team if you are interested to know more!
In the coming Sunday (May 26), Preface Nomad is hosting a FREE trial workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about our upcoming Summer Bootcamps as well as the projects we are bringing to the MIT App Inventor Summit. In the 1-hour workshop you and your kids will get to try working on a simple project and get a taste of building something fun on their computers.
Reserve your seat now and prepare for the great summer ahead!