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Scratch Newbie’s 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.

Club Details

The Scratch Newbies Code Club will run on Tuesday afternoons from 4PM-5PM commencing on September 14th for 12 weeks, finishing up before the Christmas Holidays on December 14th. 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: 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: Good Guy – Bad Guy

  • How to position Sprites with X and Y co-ordinates
  • How to respond to keyboard input
  • How to animate Sprites.

Week 7: Hide and Seek Gobo

  • How to use code to make sprites react to input in Scratch
  • How to add sounds to a sprite in Scratch
  • How to use X and Y coordinates to position sprites

Week 8: Paddle Ball

  • Understand the need for pauses between actions within loops
  • Use code to generate random numbers in Scratch
  • Add a variable to store a game score in Scratch

Week 9: Cat and Mouse Game

  • Getting the Sprite to follow the players mouse
  • Adding a variable to keep track of a score

Week 10: Synchronized Butterfly

  • Review of moving up, down, turning and loops
  • How to draw your own background
  • How to clone a sprite

Week 11: Christmas Dress Up Santa Game

  • Moving Sprites, Resizing Sprites
  • Duplicating Code

Week 12: Naughty or Nice Christmas Game

  • Review of skills learned to date