Here are the activities that each group will be working on today:

Newcomers

If you are new to CoderDojo and new to computer programming this is where you start:

Go to Newcomers Activities

Scratch 1 (Beginner)

Maze Game

Today you will create a game in which the player guides a sprite through a maze. Click on the link below and follow the instructions in the videos.

Click here for instructions for the MazeGame project

Scratch 2 (Intermediate & Advanced)

Continue working on recreating the Google Chrome Dino Game

When your computer is off-line and you go on Chrome it gives you a game to play. In case you haven’t seen it:

MAKE SURE YOU DO PART 1 FIRST!!!

Part 1 – scrolling the ground:

(graphics here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HHHACJn-fGwXVyZXQ9mUL-_UgnE9pP3o)

Part 2: Get T-Rex to jump over the cactuses

HAVE YOU COMPLETED PART 1 AND GOT YOUR GROUND SCROLLING?????????
McGuy hasn’t done a part 2 for this yet. Can you do this bit yourself without any instructions? Try to add some scrolling cactuses for the dinosaur to jump. Do you know how to jump? You’ve coded platformers before, so you know about gravity, eh?

If you’re stuck, here’s a ‘quick and dirty’ tutorial showing how to do part of it (these instructions are a bit hard to follow so ask Aidan for help if you can’t follow it):

Part 3: Finish the game

Can you finish it yourself?????

Here’s what needs to be done:

  • Pterodactyls (the flying dinosaurs)
  • Clouds
  • Make T-Rex duck when down arrow is clicked
  • Day/Night – no need for additional costumes, you can use brightness!
  • Scoring variables & print scores
  • Sound effects
  • Speed up as game goes on

Graphics and sounds for the game

You can find all the graphics and sounds here:
Graphics and sounds for T-Rex Runner

Introduction to Robotics

This session is run by Nathalie. An introduction to robotics using mBot robot kits and a block programming language called mBlock which is similar to Scratch.

Introduction to Robotics session information

Raspberry Pi (with Microcontrollers and other cool stuff)

A collaborative group exploring how computers can interact with the outside world through a range of sensors and controllers. Primarily we’ll be using the Raspberry Pi (http://raspberrypi.org) computer in conjunction with Arduinos (http://arduino.cc) and along the way we’ll learn about Python, C and C++ programming, digital and analogue electronics and about working together.

Electronics, Microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi session information