Scratch Sessions at TriV

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Scratch Tutorials

Listed below are Scratch Tutorials listed in relative level of difficulty.  If you’re a new member and brand new to Scratch, and you would like to join the rest of our dojo in Scratch sessions, complete the tutorials below and you’ll be all set.  If you’re a TriV member, you can upload your game or animation when you’ve completed it and share it with the rest of our members on the TriValley CoderDojo Scratch Studio!  If you’re a member and do not yet have access to our TriV Scratch Studio, please email us by filling out the form on our About page.

Many of these games were led and prepared by Al Sweigart and are listed on his website which can be found in our Links section.  Most of these tutorials have already been completed in previous TriV monthly Scratch sessions (marked by *).  The TriV session and dates that each game/demo was presented are listed by each link.  If TriV members have missed a session, they can still follow along independently by finding the date they’ve missed.  You can also check out our Featured Projects page to see the programs that our members created from these sessions!

Some of these links are associated with PDF format files.  These will be indicated in associated text.  You will need a PDF reader to view these files.  If you do not have a PDF reader installed, you can download a free PDF reader here.

First Level

Scratch website online video tutorials – video

Scratch Hour of Code tutorial* – video within Scratch.  This tutorial was included among those available at TriV’s Scratch Hackathon held on December 14, 2013.

Second Level

Side-by-Side Tutorials (keep tutorial open in another window while you follow along in Scratch)

Catch Game* – PDF file format.  We highly recommend this game as it covers basic concepts of computer programming as well as provides practice with Scratch programming.  Students can use this tutorial to become familiar with some simple computer programming vocabulary.  This game was presented for Triv’s First Timer Scratch Sessions held on October 28, 2013 and November 3, 2013 and included among those available at TriV’s Scratch Hackathon held on December 14, 2013.

Pinwheel Demo* – video.  This tutorial was included among those available at TriV’s Scratch Hackathon held on December 14, 2013.

Catworm Demo* – video.  This tutorial was included among those available at TriV’s Scratch Hackathon held on December 14, 2013.

Third Level

Side-by-Side Tutorials (keep tutorial open in another window while you follow along in Scratch)

Maze Game* – video.  This game was presented at TriV’s Monthly Session #2 held on November 6, 2013.

Block Breaker Game* – video.  This game was presented at TriV’s Monthly Session #3 held on December 4, 2013.

Double Jump Demo* – video.  This demo was presented at TriV’s Monthly Session #1 on October 2, 2013.  It proved quite challenging for first time users and we adjusted accordingly for subsequent sessions.  This game simulates the force of gravity.

Rocket Orb Game* – this challenging game was presenter-led in session, so there is no self-guided tutorial associated with it, but you can play the game, peruse the code, and learn how the game works.  A key component of this game relied on costume centering techniques, so you can look this concept up in the Scratch website Tips section.  Most of the sprites used in this game were either drawn as originals or edited sprites from the Scratch library, so this game also utilized extensively the paint/drawing function within Scratch.  This game was presented at TriV’s Monthly Session #4 held on January 8, 2014.

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