Scratch Coding: Animate Your Name, Create a Story, or Make a Bouncing Ball Game with Code
Hosted by: Lake Travis High School Computer Science
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
The Challenge: Scratch is a block-based visual programming language. The three options for small projects will be: animating your name or another word, creating a ping pong game, or creating a story. Each option is equally fun and can introduce you or remind you of the fun things you can make with code!
Material: To participate in this booth activity, choose and complete one or more of the following tutorials in Scratch.
Before you begin:
If you HAVE used Scratch before and already have an account then go to https://scratch.mit.edu and login with your account.
If you have NOT used Scratch to code then use the link https://scratch.mit.edu/join to create an account.
You do not have to create an account but if you do then you will be able to save your work.
If you are new to Scratch - Browse around and explore the Scratch Interface, then watch the video below for an introduction.
As you watch the video, follow along in your own scratch window doing the same things. If you need to you can pause the video while you try things out. Then resume the video.
Now choose your challenge. When you click on a project below you will get a video to follow for directions.
1. Animate YourName - Insert the letters of your name and make them move around or change color!
2. Create a Story - Create a story with characters that speak to each other and move!
3. Make a Bouncing Ball Game - The first-ever video game was a pong game! Recreate it yourself.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics? Programmers must user their coding skills to create apps and other things that we use every day. For example:
- Messaging your friends
- Playing your favorite game
- Asking Alexa a question
- Listening to music
- Watching your favorite show