Beginners Code Club
The IT Kidz Code Clubs are after school computer clubs using Scratch programming Online.
What is Scratch?
Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art – and share their creations on the web.
Scratch is developed by the MIT Media Lab and is available free of charge.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch teaches computational thinking and problem-solving using a powerful yet simple-to-use building block approach to app creation.
Scratch is a fun and interesting way to introduce software development to students.
The Beginners Code Club will run on Monday afternoons from 5PM-6PM commencing on November 9th for 6 weeks. Code Clubs will be taught through Microsoft Office and Scratch Online.
Each week the children will build their coding skills. Course Online is as follows:
Week 1: Under the Sea
- How to use code to make sprites move in Scratch
- How to use XY coordinates for motion & position
Week 2: Rock Band
- How to use code to change a sprite’s costume in Scratch
- How to use code to make sprites react to input in Scratch
- How to add sounds to a sprite in Scratch
Week 3: Lost in Space
- How to use a repeat loop to animate a sprite in Scratch
- How to use a forever loop to repeat an animation indefinitely
- Understand that loops can be nested within each other
Week 4: Chat Bot
- Use code to concatenate strings in Scratch
- Know that variables can be used to store user input
- Use conditional selection to respond to user input in Scratch
Week 5: Tech Toys
- How to animate sprites
- How to respond to keyboard input
- Understand how broadcast works
Week 6: Animated Christmas Card
- Review of moving up, down, turning and loops
- How to draw your own background
- Remixing Projects