21st November 2018

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

Side Scroller

In this week’s activity you will build a side scroller game and learn about nested conditional statements.

Click here for instructions for the Side Scroller project

Scratch 2

Have you finished the Guess The Flag Quiz project?
If you haven’t finished the Guess The Flag Quiz project you can finish it now or work on it later at home. You can find the instructions here.

Shaun The Sheep Platformer

Our next project is building a ‘Shaun The Sheep’ platform game. This is quite a big project, we aim to finish it and make your own custom version of it by the end of the term – that’s 4 evenings including this evening. The first module, ‘getting started’, is very basic so you should be able to go through it quickly. You can skip through the steps quickly up to step 16 as those steps are just introducing Scratch for people who are new to it. Let’s try to get module 2 completed and make a start on module 3 this evening.

Instructions for Shaun The Sheep Platformer

Web Development

Already have some experience with HTML and CSS?

If you already have some experience with HTML and CSS, let’s start by reviewing CSS with this course on Codecademy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
A Closer Look at CSS

Starting for the first time?

If you are new to web development lets start with this introductory course on Khan Academy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
Course overview and get started

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

Microcontrollers

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