Video Week 1 – Snakes & Ladders

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all keeping safe and well, getting lots of exercise and fresh air, doing your work that your teachers have given you and of course helping out around the house.

I’ve made a video of how to make a snakes & ladders game in scratch. It is tailored towards my Explorers Group here in Coderdojo, Athenry but of course it is available to anyone and feel free to share it.

I hope to do more if I can but you’ll get notified when a new video is up. I have created a YouTube channel so you can the video as it was too large for this website.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/cjQ0qE6ALLI

Hope to see you all soon and don’t forget,

KEEP WASHING THOSE HANDS!

 

Martha

Explorers Week 5&6 – Pacman

For the last two weeks (with a break for a Red Weather Warning!) we worked on a Pacman type game. We tried to put in all the code we have learned over this year and all the games were brilliant and all so different.

 

We designed our own sprites rather than take them from the library.

 

Here are the notes in PDF CDA-S9-Week_05_Pacman.pdf

Here is a link to the game if you want to check it out. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/375094277

See you two weeks time, keep yourselves safe and healthy.

Martha

Julie, Ruaidhrí, Iseult and Eoin

Explorers Week 4 – Maths Game

Hi everyone,

You all did great work on Saturday, there was some quite complex thinking to be done to figure it out but you did great!

CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-how to

  1. the player picks a level of difficulty and the computer chooses 2 random numbers to add (subtract or multiply- whichever you choose!) together and show the numbers to the player. Fr this we needed 2 SPRITES and 4 VARIABLES called SCORE, LEVEL, NUMBER1 and NUMBER2 as well as 2 BACKDROPS. CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-ask questions1CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-ask questions
  2. The player then has to enter an answer to the equation and the computer tells them whether they are wrong or right. CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-decisions alternative end
  3. We repeated the ask/answer questions 5 or 10 times. Can you figure out where the REPEAT loop fits?
  4. We also had a second sprite who reacted positively to correct answers BROADCAST and negatively to wrong answers BROADCAST. You can use whatever sprites you like and change their look whatever way you like. One coder added a puppy as their second and had him bark whenever an answer was correct. CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-sprite 2
  5. After all the questions were asked we had the 1st Sprite SAY – Game Over! and BROADCAST Game over so that the backdrop changed and music played. There are two ways to change the backdrop- see below!CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-alt backdrop CDA-S5-Challenge_10-Maths game-backdrop

Can you improve our game??! Can you figure out how to subtract or multiply instead of add? Can you get the computer to add three numbers together or give the user 3 level options like: easy, medium or hard? The notes for the Maths Game are here: CDA-S9-Week_4_20-MathsGame.pdf

and here is a link to the game

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/367754778/embed

See you all in two weeks, enjoy the mid term break!

 

Martha

Julie, Ruaidhrí, Eoin and Iseult

Explorers Week 3 – Storytelling

We had a great day in Scratch Beginners on Saturday! We created a project in which the Sprites communicated with each other to tell some sort of a story or bad joke, Like I did!

 

Timing was very important, each sprite had to wait for the other sprite to have their say.

Here are the notes from this week CDA-S9-Week-3-StoryTelling.pdf

 

We are going to do a great Maths Game this Saturday so we look forward to seeing all there.

Martha

Ruaidhri, Julie, Iseult and Eoin

Explorers Week 11 Christmas Scene

Thank you so much to Eoin you led the session on Saturday, I think you all enjoyed it. I think you will agree that our two Black Belt Mentors did really well leading their first session. So thank you Ruaidhrí and Eoin

Eoin did a Christmas Scene with you. Here a some screenshots of the code.

See you all on Saturday and Remember bring your own drinks!

Martha

Iseult, Julie, Ruaidhrí and Eoin

Explorers Week 10 – Making Music – Electric Piano

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for coming again on Saturday, Ruaidhrí ran the session this week and I am sure you were all glad not to have to listen to me for a change.

He did musical instruments and should you how to create variables for each one so that you could have a note repeat.

No notes this week but below is the code that was used.

This coming Saturday will be run by Eoin and will be Christmas themed based! This will be our last session before our Christmas party so dust off those Christmas Hats! and Jumpers

 

Martha, Ruaidhrí, Iseult, Julie and Eoin

Explorers Week 9 – Guessing Game!

Hello Everyone,

Great to see you all on Saturday.

We made a slight departure from the games we have done in previous weeks. This weeks game was a mathematical Guessing Game.

DUCK

We only had one sprite and one large block of code. We had to create variables and figure out all the possible situations that could occur when a guess was made.

guess

Here are the notes in PDF form from this weeks session CDA-S8-Week_09-GuessNumbers.pdf

Martha

Iseult, Julie, Ruaidhrí and Eoin

Week 8, Explorers – Pen Commands

Hello Everyone,

This week we finished off our Paint Program from last week and did some more work with Pen Commands.

 

pencommand

We didnt get to do all the code that is in the attached notes so if you want to give it a go yourself, that would be great. You can add a start and stop button and some variables.

 

sliders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the full Pdf version of my notes from this weeks session. CDA-S8 Week 8-Pen Command.pdf

Hope to see you all this Saturday, we will be doing a great Maths Guessing Game!

Martha

Julie, Iseult, Eoin and Rauidhrí

Week 8 2019 Explorers – Paint Program

Hi everybody,

our drawing program. We made good use of costumes this week to make it look like we were dipping our paint brush in each of the different colours.

We also used a variable similarly to how we used in the Piano Game we made. We made it into a slider and then code select the Pen Size we wanted.

Here are the notes in PDF. CDA-S7-Week_08-Paint.PDF

 

 

Martha

 

Explorers Week 05 – How fast can you type?

Great to see you all on Saturday.

Last week I showed you how to control and move a Sprite, this week we didn’t use any Sprites, everything happened on the Background, but we were still able to create movement.

We created a Timer, this is a piece of code that can be added to any game and is a great one to know.

Every time a the correct key was pressed, the next Background would appear.

For the first time this year we did a Broadcast. This is useful when you want one part of the code to communicate with another part of the code. We used this so that when the last letter was typed, a message was broadcast to stop the timer and display it.

This coming week is the last one before our midterm break. I am going to show you a couple of techniques for showing movement. We will use costumes for the Sprites and it will be Halloween based.

Then everyone is going to work on their own game, based on the Boo Challenge. You do not have to enter the competition if you do not want, but you will use it as your idea for you game.

Here are the notes from last week in PDF CDA-S8-Week 5-How fast can you Type.pdf

Martha

Julie, Iseult, Ruaidhrí and Eoin