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Scratch Beginners Code Club

The IT Kidz Code Clubs are after school computer clubs using Scratch programming Online.

Why Beginners?

The Beginners Code Club is for children who have a basic understanding of Scratch – perhaps they have completed our Scratch Newbies course, or they have learned some Scratch in school or by themselves. The Beginners Code Club will help the children to expand their coding knowledge by introducing new concepts and ideas. Working on Games, Animations and other projects in a live online class.

Club Details

The Beginners Code Club will run on Thursday afternoons from 4PM-5PM commencing on September 16th for 12 weeks,  finishing up before the Christmas Holidays on December 16th. Code Clubs will be taught through Microsoft Teams and Scratch Online.

Each week the children will build their coding skills. Course Online is as follows:

Week 1: Paint with Gobo

  • Review of moving up, down, turning and loops
  • Using the Scratch Extensions
  • Using the Pen Tool

Week 2: Beat the Goalie

  • Recall how to use code to respond to key presses
  • Use sensing blocks to detect when sprites touch each other
  • Use broadcast blocks to communicate between sprites

Week 3: Paint Box

  • Add the pen extension in Scratch
  • Use broadcasts to control a sprite in Scratch
  • Recall how to respond to mouse events in Scratch

Week 4: Boat Race

  • Use operators to compare numbers in Scratch
  • Add code to detect when a sprite is touching a colour in Scratch
  • Use a variable to record the time in Scratch

Week 5: Poetry Generator

  • Variables;
  • Lists and random list items;
  • Repetition (the repeat block)

Week 6: Balloons

  • How to animation to make sprites move
  • How to use random numbers
  • How to draw sprites
  • How to create clones of a sprite

Week 7: Memory

  • How to add sounds to Scratch projects
  • How to create and use lists to store data
  • How to create and use custom blocks for repeating code
  • How to use a variable to record time in Scratch

Week 8: Archery

  • Use animations
  • Use broadcasts
  • Use random numbers

Week 9: Flappy Bird

  • How to create sprites using Vector mode
  • How to use sounds
  • How to detect collisions
  • How to control a sprite using the keyboard

Week 10: Catch the Dots

  • How to choose random items from a list
  • How to use variables to track speed, lives, and the player’s score

Week 11: Scratch Cat Goes Skiing

  • How to control sprites using the keyboard
  • How to draw a backdrop
  • How to animate sprites
  • Use random numbers

Week 12: Christmas Capers

  • How to code a moving background
  • How to add a score to a game
  • How to hide sprites not in use
  • Review of variables and operators