Create a Video Game with Scratch: Pong Game Challenge
Hosted by: UT Austin Women in Computer Science
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
The Challenge: Create a video game where you stop a ball from hitting the ground, like balloon volleyball! The game is over when the ball hits the ground. Use the Pong Game Tutorial on the Scratch website to get creative and create your own game.
Recommended Materials: computer, Scratch account, Pong Game Tutorial on Scratch (no account needed)
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics? You can use computer science to create new features in society. A fun application of computer science is making games! Many of the games you play today such as Kahoot are all created with code and today you will learn to build a small game of your own.
Why Computer Science?
Watch this video for a perspective on why programming is important.
Women in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a network and community of women. Our mission is to encourage and support women in computing through: outreach, professional development, academic initiatives, and social events. We provide academic resources like test review sessions, study groups, registration review, and faculty lunches. We also organize technical workshops and host an annual hackathon. We provide industry mentorship, graduate mentorship, and panels. Network with our sponsors at corporate events, corporate receptions, and attend on-site tours. Come to our fun events like pumpkin painting, our annual holiday party, volleyball, and more. We also have outreach events and collaborate with a variety of organizations. For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.cs.utexas.edu/~wics/index.html