A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers
Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”! Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase. Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Katherine and Neela, I found them both happily working away at our S.T.E.A.M. camp’s Coding session.
Farah: Hello ladies, what have you been working on?
Katherine: A couple of things together. I am making a quiz game. There is an app that we are using called Scratch and it gives us pieces of code, and then you put the pieces together to make games or animation.
Farah: Are you both doing games?
Katherine: I’m making a funny quiz game. Its called, “The Impossible Quiz”, and it’s supposed to be funny because it’s all trick questions. I’ve been trying it on campers and I want to try it out on my brother. There’s one question where you click on a sprite, which is a character or animated character that I created.
Farah: That’s so amazing! I can’t believe you made that! Tell me a little about yours, Neela.
Neela: My game is a maze. At the beginning, you choose a sprite, which is a character. They are all fantasy characters like a unicorn, a gryphon, a goblin, or a wizard. Once you choose a sprite, it changes the backdrop which is the background. It changes to a maze that we made together. You use the up and down arrow keys to move your character through the maze and then once you finish it, it changes to a background that says, “You Won!”.
Farah: How did you hear about Future Stars Coding camp?
Neela: This is my second year here.
Katherine: This is my first year. I used to go somewhere else but I wanted to go somewhere different because I didn’t really like it. I would cling to my mom. But I’m really happy here! I really like it. I’m making friends and having a good time.
Farah: What are you most looking forward to this summer at camp?
Katherine: I’m doing a few different S.T.E.A.M. things but I’m also looking forward to going to Horseback Riding camp with my friend. She’s moving away this summer but we get to go to Horseback Riding camp together before she leaves.
Farah: What do you like to do outside of camp?
Katherine: I like to play a lot of computer games and watch stuff and play piano.
Farah: That’s great! How long have you been playing piano?
Katherine: Maybe about a year, maybe two.
Neela: I like to practice softball and tennis with my dad. When I’m not doing that I use Scratch and practice coding. I make games and animations.
Farah: Is there anyone in sports your admire?
Katherine: I don’t really like to watch sports too much.
Is there anyone in tech you admire?
Neela: For sports. I like Serena Williams. For tech, I like Neil Degrasse Tyson even though he’s not technology completely.
Farah: Why do you admire him?
Neela: For the way, he changes the world for the better.
Farah: Do either of you know what you’d like to be when you grow up?
Katherine: I want to do something completely different. I want to be a teacher because it sounds like fun.
Neela: I don’t know yet.
Farah: What’s your favorite food?
Katherine: It would have to be pasta or like anything related to cheese.
Farah: Whats your favorite cheese?
Neela: I’m going to say pizza.
Farah: What grade are you girls in?
Katherine: I’m going into 4th this year.
Neela: I’m going into 6th.
Farah: So far, what is your favorite memory of camp?
Katherine: Well, I just started but I really loved playing gaga ball! I won a lot of games.
Neela: My favorite memory is from last year, just having so many people that I could make friends with. I’ve seen a lot of them this year too!
Farah: Thank you girls! I hope you have more wonderful days here at Future Stars camps!
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