Term 2 2021

Coderdojo Activities for Term 2 2021

WELCOME TO CODERDOJO!

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

Newcomers

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

Go to Newcomers Activities

Scratch 1 (Beginning Scratch)

We will work our way through these activities this term. Try to complete some or all of the Add-Ons for each activity or, even better, add your own ideas!

NOTE: The starter project links go to ‘Scratch for CSFirst’ instead of regular Scratch. We recommend using regular Scratch instead of using their version of it because it does not work with regular Scratch accounts. We have added the starter projects to the CoderDojoNelson Scratch account so use those instead of following their links.

    1. Week 1 (13th May): Animation
      You can find the starter projects here: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/29639657/
    2. Week 2 (20th May): Interactive Art
      You can find the starter projects here: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/29639723/
    3. Week 3 (27th May): Paint with Tera
      You can find the starter project here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/527551074/
    4. Week 4 (3rd June): Graffiti
      You can find the starter project here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/527552307/
    5. Week 5 (10th June): Digital Art
      You can find the starter project here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/527552801/
    6. Week 6 (17th June: Building Blocks of Architecture
      You can find the starter project here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/527553119/
    7. Week 7 (24th June): All Star Passing Drill
      You can find the starter projects here: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/29639797/
    8. Week 8 (1st July): Show and Tell. Pick your favourite project from this term and do some more work on it to customise it and make it even better. Then we will do a show and tell in the last half hour and you can show your project to everyone.

Note: You do not need to Sign in to Google CS First.

Here’s a project that could be for Scratch 1 OR Scratch 2. It shows you an easy way to draw sprites in Scratch.

How to Make a Character Designer in Scratch

Scratch 2 (Intermediate & Advanced)

Option 1: Make a Platformer Game

Advanced Scratchers: you will already know how to make a platformer game – how to make a character move, jump and land, etc. So go ahead, without any institutions and use all your creativity to come up with the coolest platformer game that you can make.

Intermediate Scratchers: Follow this Video Tutorial to learn how to make a platform game. Once you complete the tutorial you can add new levels and features to make the game even cooler!

Option 2: Car AI Challenge

AI = Artificial Intelligence: Program a car to find it’s own way around a track

Car AI Challenge

Other project ideas

If you have completed the chain reaction project and are looking for something else to do, you can have a look through these projects to find something that interests you.

Intro to Programming

This session is run by David. You will be learning how to write computer programmes in Python, and also you will learn a bit about other programming languages and topics such as JavaScript, databases, version control.

Intro to Programming session information

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

3D Computer Aided Design with TinkerCAD

Learn how to make 3D models using Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D computer aided design (CAD) tool. You can quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad. – Martin Love

TinkerCAD 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

Web Development

Learn how to make a basic web page with HTML and CSS. Then move on to making a full website with advanced layouts. Also learn Javascript basics and learn about content management systems which are used in building most websites.

Web Development Course Resources