Programming for kids: [lesson #2] Getting Started.

in Steem Kids & Parents5 months ago (edited)

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Coding With Scratch

What is Scratch

In our previous lesson, you were shown how to load Scratch on a android phone, how to adjust to desktop mode for better visibility and some of the basic features of the Scratch environment.

Today we will look at some more features and will also show you how to use this features.

Getting accustomed to the environment

If you are using a laptop or a tablet, you will have limited problems with navigation, but most of us with smart phones will have to figure out how to go around the Scratch environment.
Long press any gray area on the screen and drag to move the environment up or down. This will help you see other sections of the screen that are not accessible.
It is much easier to move the window by placing a finger on the Sprite info pane.

Managing Your Stage

In our previous lesson, we identified the stage Area on the Scratch environment. Normally, the stage comes with a white background and that is what we will changing.
Go down to the bottom right end of your screen and you will find an area where your stage can be edited.
Selecting the blue button in the stage info pane will open up this window where you can select a backdrop [or background] for your stage.

Selecting a Sprite

Scratchy the cat is the default sprite and because it is alone, it is also active. Being active means that and that any block coding we create at the moment will create affect on Scratchy the cat.
This is how to add new sprites to our work

Select the blue sprite button and select the choose sprite icon. This allows you to choose from a list of available sprites.

Now let's add a ball sprite to the cat.
• select the add sprite button
• select the lens looking icon
• select the ball sprite
• we now have the cat and ball sprite
Note that the ball sprite is active

Working with Blocks

To give life to a Sprite, you will have to select it at the sprite info pane, when it has the blue outline you can then create a code to animate it.
• We will select a block Category
• Select a specific block from the Block palette
• Drag it into the Scripting Area
• You will now have to fit it into another block or
• You may have to fit other blocks into it.
• Some blocks have parameters to be adjusted

Creating a jumping Cat

We want to make our cat jump each time we tap the screen it will be part of a game, so you can start having some ideas


Remember to select the cat sprite at the sprite info pane

  • We could start with a blue motion block that says change y by 10, One to make it go up by 10. You can tap your screen to run a test now.

  • Bring in the repeat block and stack the change y by 10 inside it. Test again and it will be jumping higher but will not come back down. So let's solve that

  • Get another motion block and make it change Y by -10 and also put it in a repeat block. Test by clicking on the code and it will bring the cat down.

  • the two groups of codes are brought together, one with repeat 10 for going up and the other one with repeat -10 for coming back down. You are free to run a test by clicking on the code. The cat should jump up and come down.

  • To make it jump when you tap the screen, go to the event category and pull out the When the sprite is clicked control. It will have a good place to fit in on top.

  • This is all that is needed to do the work and you can tap the screen to test it.

  • Now wanted to add some sound effect, so I went to the sound category and pulled out the Play sound Meow till done. I tried stacking with the other blocks but it was not running smoothly so I kept it on its own and asked it to activate once the sprite is tapped.
    Save your work
    • Go to file.
    • Select Save to phone

Lesson 1Introduction
Lesson 2Getting Started
Lesson 3Animating Your Sprite


[1.] Create a post with screenshot and steps showing the following

[2.] Load the scratch environment and adjust it to the desktop view

[3.] Add the ball sprite

[4.] Make the ball bounce

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Written by @manuelhooks for steemkids

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 5 months ago 

Well done on another great lesson!
Can you please add your previous lesson to the post. It is just easier for reference.
My stepson is starting the lessons tomorrow. (•ิ‿•ิ)

Thanks for appreciating. i will be adding the link right now.

 5 months ago 

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 5 months ago 

@ahbaz, @whakee you will find this useful.

 4 months ago 

Thank you @ukpono
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