CCA Previews ’19: Computer Science Society

By Raffles Computer Science Society

Hello, fellow Rafflesian. Welcome to the land of the Computer Science Society, one of the many clubs and societies in this kingdom. If you know how to turn on a computer, you are pretty much eligible for this CCA, and may carry on reading. (Yes, we start from the basics, don’t worry!)

So, what exactly do we have in store for you? As the name suggests, we teach courses revolving around the computer, ranging from web development and algorithms, to game development and video editing. With all the talk about computers these days, what better way to keep up with the trend! CCA sessions are held every Wednesday from 2.30 to 4.30pm, at the mystical lands known as computer labs 7 and 8 (If you are unaware of where the com labs are, don’t worry, you will find out when PW starts).

In 2018, for the first time, a dual track was offered, where members could choose between two courses: Web development and Algorithms. In the Web development track, members are taught how to create and design their own websites using languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In the other computer lab, members are taught interesting computer algorithms, such as Binary Search and Dynamic Programming, using Python (No, it’s not a snake, it’s a programming language). The lessons are conducted by CSC exco members, and at the end of each lesson, members pit their wits against each other in a battle of our traditional Kahoot game, with attractive prizes to be won!

Is that all the CCA does? Of course not. Our CCA may not be the wealthiest in the Kingdom, but thanks to our rich benefactor known as Mr. Lim (our teacher-in-charge), we had a day camp last July for our members to bond and get to know each other. During the camp, the CCA was split into groups, and we had fun playing various station games, learning simple video editing skills and producing our own short films.

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The CCA also has its own merchandise, with a brand-new hoodie in store, to be released for members by late January 2019. Aside from camps and cool merchandise, members who know more than just how to turn on a computer can also take part in external competitions and workshops, such as the National Olympiad of Informatics organised by NUS, the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp held by DSTA, and many more.

If you’re still reading, you’re probably interested in trying out for the CCA. Although we mentioned that all you need to know is how to turn on a computer, we will have a simple trial held just to make sure that you are keen about the CCA (not to worry, no prior knowledge required). This year, members will be taught how to develop various games using Python that you can even release on the Play Store! So, if you are passionate about computers and want to learn more, this magical land is open for new computer science wizards.

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