24th May 2017

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:

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2. Go to Newcomers Activities

Scratch – Beginner

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Did you finish last weeks activity – Storyboards?

Go to the following link, watch the video, and follow the steps to create the ‘Storyboards’ animation:
Click here for instructions

Next activity – Maze Game

Today we’ll work on building a maze game. When you get the basics done, focus on customising your game and making it unique and fun to play.
Click here for instructions for the Maze Game

Scratch – Intermediate

1. Take the CoderDojo Survey

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2. Continue with last weeks activity – Create your own world

Instructions for Create your own world

3. Extend and customise the Create your own world project and make it your own

Here are some ideas:

  • Add more rooms to your world
  • Add north and south doors, so that the player can move between rooms in all 4 directions
  • Add doors, that need their own keys to open them
  • Change the game graphics, give it a setting e.g. dungeon, forest, space ship, city, fairy tale, haunted house, wild west, battlefield, castle, etc. You can make your own sprites or use sprites from the library or other graphics that you find. These might help get you started.
  • Add sound and music to your game;
  • Add more people, enemies, signs and coins;
  • Add other useful items to your game;
  • Use coins to get information or items from other people;
  • Require players to get keys or items in different rooms and use them in other rooms
  • Make a new challenging goal for completing your game

Scratch – Advanced

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Create a top down adventure game

Create a top adventure game like this but with more rooms and challenges:

Learn JavaScript

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Continue working through the lessons on Khan Academy 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 in / Sign up link in top right corner of screen and then click the Create a new account link to create a new account for yourself to track your progress.

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming/programming

Raspberry Pi (with Microcontrollers and other cool stuff)

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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