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Robotics, Virtual Reality and Games

Weeks 1 & 2 – Introduction

Getting Started

Here’s a short clip to introduce you to some of the things we can create with SCRATCH.

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

ACTIVITY 1 – Getting familiar with SCRATCH

We will be using SCRATCH online, however you can download SCRACTH 2.0 to your computer to work offline too.

  1. Create a Scratch account – remember to use your school email address and an appropriate user name.
    Once you have an account, you will be able to create, save and share all of your projects.
  2. Explore some of the existing Scratch projects to get an understanding of what you can create and how.
    TIP:  Click on the “See Inside” button to see the coding that has been used

ACTIVITY 2 – Creating your first SCRATCH project

We will be creating our first project following step-by-step instructions.  Before you begin, make sure you are logged in (otherwise you will not be able to save and share your project).

  1. Open the TIPS section which is located in the header
  2. Open the Step-by-Step tab
  3. Open the Getting Started with Scratch module
  4. Follow the instructions to create your first project
  5. Save your project with an appropriate file name

Scratch_1

ACTIVITY 3 –  Share your first SCRATCH project on your blog post

  1. Create a new section and category on your EduBlog to post all of your SCRATCH projects and reflections
  2. To embed your SCRATCH project into your blog
    • Click the SHARE button on the top right-hand side of the screen
    • Click the EMBED button under the Scratch window on left-hand side of the screen
    • Copy the embed code and paste it, in text mode, into your blog post.
  3. Post a link to your My Stuff section in your blog post.  I can view your projects and coding from this section.
    You can find this section by clicking the little envelope with an S in it in the header of the page next to your username.
  4. Post a reflection on what you have learned using the PMI thinking tool:
    • Positive – What did you learn? What where you able to easily do?
    • Minus – What did you have trouble with? Did you eventually work it out? How did you work it out?
    • Interesting – What are you wondering? What could be improved? What would you like to do with it?

ACTIVITY 4 – What can you create with only 10 blocks?

You will be creating your own project now, however you are limited to using only the 10 blocks listed on the worksheet.

  1. Use the 10 Blocks worksheet to figure out what each of the blocks do
  2. Look at other projects in the 10 Block Studio for inspiration – be sure to make yours different – no copying!
  3. Write down what you want your project to do
  4. Try to create what you have planned/written down
  5. Add a background to your project
  6. Save and share your project to the 10 Block Studio and your blog (see previous instructions)
  7. Post a reflection on this task using the following questions as a prompt
    • What was difficult about using only  the 10 blocks?
    • What was easy about using only the 10 blocks?
    • How did it make you think of things differently?
    • Where you able to do what you originally intended to do?

ACTIVITY 5 – Can you debug SCRATCH programs?

 When coding, it’s a good habit to regularly test (or check) your program and fix any errors you find.  This is debugging – the process of finding and fixing errors that prevent a system from working correctly. 

Use the  DEBUG IT! handout  to investigate the programs that need debugging.

For each of the 5 Debug It! projects,

  1. Click on the Remix button to create a copy of the program that you can edit and save
  2. Identify the error/s and modify the code so that the program operates how it is meant to
  3. Save, share and embed the remixed (fixed) program in your blog
  4. Write a sentence, or two, that explains how you fixed each program

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