Meet Our April 2021 Project of the Month Winners | Coding & English

A screenshot of a student's Scratch coding game, titled X-treme Dodge.

Standout Juni Students

Our students at Juni Learning are constantly challenging themselves and demonstrating their passion and creativity. The progress that students make in a short amount of time always amazes us, their parents, and sometimes themselves!

Once again, to recognize their hard work and creativity, we are excited to present our Project of the Month winners. We've enlisted our instructors, each hand-picked from top U.S. colleges like Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and MIT, to nominate their students and recognize their stellar projects.

For April 2021, we proudly award Juni Project of the Month to Adam N., Marcus M., Hayley C., Sophia K., Rohan K., Finn R., Nathan Y., Richard T., and William J. for excellence in their respective projects! With all the amazing submissions from the thousands of students at Juni, it was truly a challenge to select the winners — which is why we are running this contest regularly!

Adam N., 12 Years Old

“This game is built for touch! The controls are based on clicking the screen instead of using the arrow keys, which is really unique. I like the different rooms in the game. The main room is where you restart after finishing a game and where you can change color. The game room is where you actually play the game. I thought it was a really creative idea and showed off Adam's knack and passion for making games!”

- Matt S., Juni Instructor, Brigham Young University

Check out Adam N.'s coding project: Turtle Meal (PS7 in Python Level 2)

Turtle Meal

Marcus M., 10 Years Old

“Marcus is a bright student who is extremely eager to learn and has been flying through Python. He's really passionate about coding, and he puts in the work to grow as a programmer. This is a great project that demonstrates his hard work and commitment, and he deserves to have that recognized. ”

- Amna N., Juni Instructor, UC Irvine

Check out Marcus M.'s coding project: Dodge ball (Python Level 1 Master Project) Dodge ball

Hayley C., 13 Years Old

“Hayley is a very creative student. She always has great ideas for her games. She enjoyed Python Level 2 and was eager to use what she learned to create a big game to showcase her course mastery. She took some of the games we coded in this course, and she also created her own games (like the word scrambler), using data structures that she learned in the course like lists and sets.

To play the game, first you will need to create a username and password, and then log in. After you're in, you will need to earn coins so you can play some games. You can earn coins by choosing the Learning Center and learn a fun fact about math, science, english, etc. You can also take quizzes to earn money. Once you have enough, you can spend your money in playing a game of your choice, like Type Racer or Word Scrambler.”

- Rachel V., Juni Instructor, University of San Diego (USD)

Check out Hayley C.'s coding project: Junebug (Python Level 2, PS14) Junebug

Sophia K., 9 Years Old

“Sophia works extremely hard on coding every single day. She is great at asking good questions and loves to learn! Not only that, but she is resilient. If something is challenging to her, she doesn't give up. She works hard and is the happiest human!”

- Haylee H., Juni Instructor, Brigham Young University

Check out Sophia K.'s coding project: no matter who you are (Scratch Level 1 GS13) no matter who you are

Rohan K., 8 Years Old

“Rohan is a curious, inquisitive, and intelligent student who goes above and beyond. In addition to completing homework, he continuously pursues learning Scratch by working on personal projects and watching videos on his own time. His ideas are always very creative, and I can't think of anyone else better suited for the Project of the Month award. ”

- Amanda H., Juni Instructor, Cornell University

Check out Rohan K.'s coding project: X-treme Dodge (Scratch Level 1, Master Project) X-treme Dodge

Finn R., 12 Years Old

“'Pusheen the Chat' is a fully functional online chat board. You can sign in with your Google account and send and receive messages. The chat board automatically refreshes when someone sends a chat or when a user leaves the page and comes back. Finn put many hours into this project both inside and outside of class. He used Google Firebase for hosting, authentication, and data persistence, which took a lot of time to learn and set up.

Additionally, he learned some basic terminal commands to use the Firebase CLI. This was clearly above and beyond the expectation for the class and was an amazing learning opportunity. The password to enter the site is "pusheenables". Then click the login button in the upper right hand corner of the page. and enter your google credentials. Then send chats by typing something in the field at the bottom and pressing enter!”

- Matt S., Juni Instructor, Brigham Young University

Check out Finn R.'s coding project: Pusheen the Chat (Master Project, Web Programming Level 2) Pusheen the Chat

Nathan Y., 14 Years Old

“Nathan showed an extreme amount of perseverance in programming all of the routes for the turtles to take. His code is very organized and well thought out. His project shows great creativity. ”

- Mobin N., Juni Instructor, University of California San Diego

Check out Nathan Y.'s coding project: This is BETTER Than Among Us (Python Level 1: Module 13 Master Project) This is BETTER Than Among Us

Richard T., 11 Years Old

“Richard has a demonstrated track record of always going above and beyond in his work! His understanding and usage of plot devices, narrative flow, and character development far exceed middle school standards– sometimes even Juni standards! His stories are always engaging and remarkably creative, articulating wisdom and sensitivity impressive for his age. The listed project was assigned fairly early on in the course, perhaps about a month ago. However, he so enjoyed the project that, unbeknownst to me, he was independently continuing it in his own time!!

He surprised me during our lesson earlier today by showing me his work, which also seamlessly incorporated other skills that he has learned thus far into the course- in addition to fulfilling the requirements of the original prompt. The result is a piece of work that is lengthy but compelling, thorough but efficient, and novel but realistic. In it, he demonstrates skills from multiple Juni modules sustained over a long period of time; this self-motivated drive to succeed sets him apart–– his hard work should be recognized! In spite of all of this, he has remained humble and a great sport. ”

- Mei Mei S., Juni Instructor, University of Southern California

Check out Richard T.'s English project: The House on Bleak Street: The House on Bleak Street

William J., 9 Years Old

“William Jackson is only nine years old, but you would never guess by reading his writing projects! He shows a remarkable understanding of plot devices within this narrative, as he is able to incorporate elements of romance, action, and science fiction within the same story. He is enrolled in Middle School A, which is more than two years above his current grade level, but goes above and beyond in his writing projects- even incorporating skills that are outside of the immediate lesson! (For example, in this story, he demonstrates the skills of showing-not-telling the events of the story, developing themes of death and sacrifice, and incorporating multiple rhetorical devices including onomatopoeia, symbolism, and simile).

Furthermore, he drafted, revised, and finalized his story over a sustained period of weeks- showing remarkable dedication and commitment, especially given his tender age. His hardworking attitude and devotion to the craft of storytelling, combined with his exceptional precocity in understanding complex aspects of the human condition, are all reflected within this piece. Bravo, William Jackson!”

- Mei Mei S., Juni Instructor, University of Southern California

Check out William J.'s English project: From Soldier to Slave to Hero: From Soldier to Slave to Hero

More coming soon!

Congratulations again to our outstanding winners! Be sure to look out for our next winners coming soon.

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