The Funworks CC was set up over 10 years ago as a base to co-ordinate the books produced by the 3 member-authors: Genevieve Wilcock, Delia Kench and Craig Pournara.
The first series of books produced was the Pascal := Work + Fun series, which consisted of 5 workbooks, teaching Pascal programming, from beginner to advanced level.
When Pascal began to be phased out in South African schools, Genevieve and Delia changed to Java and produced the exploring JAVA series of workbooks for Grades 10, 11 and 12. What was significant about this series of books was the transition from structured programming to object oriented programming. Delia and Genevieve developed the Gogga class with the help of Tom West to help learners understand objects, classes and inheritance.
With the introduction of the FET in SA schools in 2006, Genevieve and Delia decided to address all the Learning Outcomes (LO) by producing a new series of books namely "exploring IT Theory and Applications" and "exploring IT Java Programming" for Grades 10, 11 and 12. The books are activity-based, assessment oriented text books for the new FET subject IT. Each Assessment Standard has been addressed in the books as well as many Critical Outcomes (CO).
Unfortunately due to work commitments, Genevieve has been unable to continue working on the books. In 2009 Delia collaborated with a new author Dr Gary Blieden to update the Grade 11 Theory and Applications book. It was released in early 2010.
In 2011, Richard Bradbury at St Martins College and Lee-Anne Coker at Holy Rosary School for Girls took on revising the exploring IT series for the new CAPS document. Richard Bradbury has converted the Gogga class for Delphi and Lee-Anne has tested the class with her students with excellent results. Her girls have easily grasped the concepts of OOP with Gogga!
Delia is currently completing her Masters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Computer Science where she has investigated Grit and Growth Mindset in her Grade 11 boys whilst they develop their PAT programming project.
For schools that will teach Scratch in Grade 9, we have created a separate book with Scratch on its own.