Thanks for coming Saturday even though the weather was dreadful.
This week, I helped Bo Peep found her sheep! Some of you did the same and some used ideas like Minecraft Steve finding Iron Ore and Diamonds, Knights finding dragons or a Princess finding flowers.
Before we even started our game this week we talked a little bit about File Management and about the importance of keeping your files somewhere you can access them quickly and giving them a meaningful name.
So to this end, we all created a folder where we will be keeping our files in the future and within that we had a sub folder for this weeks files.
We started our game by drawing our background on our stage:
Unfortunately, due to internet problems we could not search the internet for images for our Sprites, but we could still use the sprites from the Scratch Library.
This week, we decided to move our main sprite using the arrow keys. For this we had to learn a small bit about the X and Y axis and I gave you a little tip on how to remember which is which!
Hope you all enjoyed this week, aee you next week when we will be starting a new game!
Here are the notes for this weeks session in PDF CDA-S7-Week_05-BoBeep.pdf
Julie, Ruaidhrí and Eoin
Thank you do everyone you came along on such a lovely day on Saturday, hope you all got to go outside when you went home and enjoyed the weather.
This week, we improved on our game from last week.
Most games reward us for achievements (Gaining:Scores/Money/Health) and penalise us for making mistakes (Losing:Lives, Health, Money)
To this we had to create a Variable. Remember my box with the blocks. A variable holds information for you that you can use again. Remember to always give it a name that is meaningful….
Everything we have learned so far we will be using in ,most of our games we will make in future sessions. Don’t worry if you didn’t understand everything, we will be going over it again and again.
Have fun with the code you have done. Maybe try making another game!
Here are the notes from last week in PDF CDA-S7-Week_04-FirstGame-Part2.pdf
See you all next week
Martha & Julie, Ruaidhrí and Eoin
Wow! what a fantastic turnout on Saturday again, 79 ninjas in the room! plus a few adults!
I hope you had a good time, I know that I really enjoyed it. There was a really great atmosphere and energy in the room.
A special thank you to Mentor Julia for getting 14 loaner laptops working for us this week, so that everyone that wanted to participate, could. Another thank you to the other Mentors in the room, Eoin and Ruaidhrí, it makes my job easy when they can get around the room and help out when needed. You are doing a great job.
One of the first things we must do before we start anything is make a plan.
We quickly learn when we begin our coding that it is very important to test our code as we go along. Making mistakes is good, but we must learn from them by spotting them (testing) and fixing them.
I am attaching my notes in PDF for you. CDA-S7 Week_03-FeedingtheFish.pdf
We will continue to add to the game next week but don’t worry if you weren’t here this week, I will have a copy of the game so that you can join in.
See you all nest week!
Martha and the Explorers Mentors, Julia, Eoin and Ruaidhrí
It was great to see such a big turnout on Saturday for our first full session. A special welcome to our Ninjas and thank you to the parents who attended with them.
I started off this year with a session that let you you see where some of the coding blocks can be found and how we can use them.
Using the Letters (Sprites) in the library, we wrote a word. Most people used their name.
We took each letter and used code from different sections of the palette of code.
For my First letter, M, I decided that when this Letter (Sprite) was clicked, that it would change colour. Experiment to see what happens when you change the number!
We used a different piece of code for each letter. Remember, you can use as many blocks of code as you want. A letter could change colour, size, move and talk! all at the same time.
Here are some more ideas of what you could do.
Here are my full notes from this weeks session in PDF CDA-S7 Week_02-YourNameinLights.pdf
Hope see you all next week. Have fun coding!
Thanks to everybody who came along for our information session last Saturday the 15th September 2018.
Michael introduced us to the CoderDojo movement and spoke about CoderDojo Athenry and what we have planned for 2018/2019. His slides are here: CoderDojoAthenry-InfoSession-2018-Sept (PDF).
Martha then spoke about our shop, where we sell tea/coffee with biscuits for €2.00 or €1.50 if you bring your own cup, with all profits going towards equipment etc. for our CoderDojo.
Julie then talked about our loaner laptops where we provide laptops for people who don’t have their own. Speak to Julie or any of the mentors for more information.
This year, we have 5 different rooms with different topics in them, for different levels of experience and age.
Explorers- led by Martha for Beginners from around age seven. Here are Martha’s slides CDA-WeeK_01_Information Session.
Advancers- led by Oliver for kids who have already been through Explorers. Here are Oliver’s slides Advancers2018.
Creators- led by Kieran and Mark for older kids who have been through Explorers and Advancers or have other coding experience. Here are Kieran and Mark’s slides Creators-2018-Intro.
Bodgers- Led by Declan also for older kids who have also been through Explorers and Advancers or have other coding experience. Here are Declan’s slides bodgers_introduction.
Hackers- led by Michael for older teenagers who have been through Creators and Bodgers. Here are Michael’s slides Hackers-Intro
You can find more on the About page of this website: https://coderdojoathenry.org/about/ and our schedule for 2018/2019 at https://coderdojoathenry.org/schedule/
We look forward to you joining us!
25 March 2018 is the deadline if you would like to enter Coolest Projects, which will take place in Dublin on 26 May. You can find out information and register here: http://coolestprojects.org/
We have had lots of great participation from CoderDojo Athenry at Coolest Projects in the past few years, from our youngest members to our oldest, in all of our groups. People who enter find it a fun and rewarding day.
Here is a presentation from 2 years ago about entering:
Thank you all for coming on Saturday. I hope you liked the short video of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch and the Intel Light Drones from the opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
This week we did a new game, How fast can you Type? Last week we used Sprites as backgrounds and this week we used Backgrounds as Sprites. Just to mix it up!
We used a variable as our Timer, our first time doing this, don’t forget if you want the time to start when you press the first letter rather than when the green flag is clicked then you are going to have to add another broadcast.
We are off for the next two weeks, to cover the school mid term break and also as Confirmation for all the Athenry Schools takes place on the 24th of February and there will be many families attending this from Coderdojo Athenry. Best wishes to any of our Ninjas and families who are being confirmed.
Hope you all have a great break and hope to see you all back on the 3rd of March
Another great week, a lot of work was done in the Explorers room. Hope you all had fun making our Maths game!
A 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.
The player then has to enter an answer to the equation and the computer tells them whether they are wrong or right.
We repeated the ask/answer questions 5 or 10 times. Can you figure out where the REPEAT loop fits?
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.
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! Here are this weeks notes in PDF CDA-S7-Week_3_18-MathsGame.pdf
Also I have uploaded the finished game to the www.Scratch.mit.edu website, just use the login details in the notes.
See you next week
Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and special welcome to our new people. Thank you all for your patience with the projector!
This week we did a game based on an old game called Breakout.
The object of the game is to try and get rid of all the blocks by bouncing a ball into them using a bat of some type. You all had your own versions of what you wanted the game to look that and that’s brilliant, your imagination is way better than mine.
The first thing we did was design your bat and write some code to control it. We decided that the mouse should control the movement and that the movement should be only from left to right and vice versa.
The rest of the code and notes for the game can be found here in PDF CDA-S7-Week_01_18-Breakout.pdf
I have also uploaded the finished game to the Scratch Website if anybody wants to take a look at it or for anyone that wasn’t there on Saturday. I will go through it at the beginning of next weeks session if anyone has any questions.
You will find the login details for our account on the Scratch website in the notes above.
See you all next week and have a great week.
Hope you all enjoyed finishing up 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-S6-Week_08-Paint
See you next week for something a little Christmas themed!