You are required to use Scratch to create a new game. Your game should encourage learning in a discipline (maths, science, english, geography, history) and should be suitable for a specific age group (your choice).
You may work individually or with a partner to do this. If you work with a partner, you should clearly identify which sections of the project you are working on.
The games project rubric will be used to assess your project.
Task 1 – Investigate
- Watch the video (below) from Edutopia about how “Schools use Games for Learning and Assessment”
- Identify some of the features of online educational games that you like or dislike and make a list of features that you would like to include in your own game.
- Explore some of the Step-by-Step tutorials and How-to instructions (in HELP) to see how some simple ping-pong, catch and hide and seek games can be created.
- Explore some of the Sample Games Projects for ideas.
REMEMBER: You must create your own game. If you use someone else’s project idea, you need to credit them in the “Notes and Credits” section.
- Brainstorm some ideas for your own game. You need to identify:
- the main idea of your game
- the learning that will take place
- the target audience
- the characters (sprites) involved
- any ideas you think you will need to research or get help with to be able to implement
Task 2 – Plan
- Use the Project Planner handout to clearly outline the main ideas for your game.
- Indicate the most important events of your game. Some examples could be:
- Setting events (ex. “When XX key pressed”)
- Animating your sprites (to simulate movement)
- Changing the background (to change a level or story)
- Using speech or text to give information or instructions
- Adding sounds or music
- Resetting the program
- Create a flowchart to outline a sequence of steps involving at least one of the events you have identified. e.g. the actions of a sprite when clicked.
- Try to include blocks from each of these scripts:
YOUR PROJECT PLAN IS DUE IN CLASS MONDAY JUNE 6
Task 3 – Create
- Use your plan and the ideas that you’ve developed to create your own game.
- Include instructions for your user
- Acknowledge any other project/s or resources you used in the Notes and Comments section.
- Test your game using the Testing Table and try to fix any problems you encounter.
- Save, share and embed your project in your blog.
- Add your project to the Year 9 STCC studio.
YOUR FINAL GAME IS DUE IN CLASS MONDAY JUNE 20
Task 4 – Evaluate
Ask a peer to visit the Year 9 STCC studio and play your game!
- How user-friendly was your game?
- Did it do what it was supposed to do?
- Did you include blocks from each of the Scripts?
- Did you try any new blocks?
- How engaging was your game?
Post your final blog post to comment on:
- The parts of the project you liked the most?
- The parts of the project you would fix, change or add?
- What did your peers say about your game?