Scratch That, Let’s Code!
Hosted by: UT Austin Eta Kappa Nu
Visit our Booth: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Come up with an animation using Scratch! Scratch uses command blocks and characters, known as sprites, to allow users to design games and animations. Start by learning the basics of Scratch, such as the different kinds of sprites you can use and how command blocks interact with each other. From there, choose a scene that will act as your background. This could be a field, a park, or a home, to give a few examples. Add a sprite, and have the sprite perform a certain command, such as making a noise and then moving down the screen or turning right 2 times. Once you have gotten your sprite to perform the task you want them to do, continue to add sprites to your landscape. This is where your creativity comes into play! Use your imagination and have fun!
For an example, please go to the following link: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/475122980/
Create your own game in Scratch where you make a little chicken jump over eggs as they try to attack it. See the Videos & Resources tab for a demo and introduction to this activity.
Scratch Link: https://scratch.mit.edu/
Check the tutorials link for getting started!
You can create animations without making an account, but if you want to save or share your creation, have an adult help you create an account!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today’s Girl Day theme of Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music?
Engineers have to animate characters or models and program them to interact with their environment. This is helpful in many areas in the real world such as:
- Movies to create special effects that are difficult or impossible to recreate in real life
- Making video games more realistic
- Simulate real-life environments such as flying an airplane
Engineers use the same basic tools, logic, and design practices to program everything that we see! They work in teams to create all the apps, videos and games that are on our computers, smartphones and everything else.
Activity Videos and Resources
Jumping Game: Create your own game in Scratch where you make a little chicken jump over eggs as they try to attack it.
Other Helpful Resources
Scratch Explore Page: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/all
Browse this page for hundreds of Scratch projects including games, animations and more! Get inspiration and tutorials for your own special projects.
Rock Blaster: Another game tutorial where you can create a spaceship that blasts rocks out of the way as they try to attack.