31st August

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 – Guided

NOTE: Make sure your computer has sound that works because you will need to listen to instructions in videos. If the sound is not working switch to a different computer if one is available.

Digital Art

In this activity, you will use pixels and “if-else” statements to build a digital art project similar to a photography filter. You will see how using “Turbo Mode” makes your code run faster.
Click here for instructions for the music video project

Once you complete the base project, have a go at as many of the add-ons as you have time for.

Scratch – Freeform

Make your own side-scroller game

To help you get started, look at these Google CS-First projects. You can complete the projects yourself to learn the coding techniques that they use and then apply them to your own project.

  • Parallax scrolling – paralax scrolling is an effect often used in side-scroller games where backgrounds move at different speeds to give the appearance of distance. Try to use this effect in your project.
  • Side scrolling animation – this example will show you some of the basic techniques used to create a side scrolling game.

Learn JavaScript

Continue working through the lessons on Codecademy to learn JavaScript, just click the link below to get started. Use the login you have already created or if this your first time, start by clicking the Sign Up button in top right corner of screen and create an account for yourself to track your progress.

https://www.codecademy.com/learn/javascript

Learn Python

Python is the language that the Raspberry Pi group is using to program the Raspberry Pis. Use the login you have already created or if this your first time, start by clicking the Sign Up button in top right corner of screen and create an account for yourself to track your progress.

https://www.codecademy.com/learn/python

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 RaspberryPi (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