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Scratch Programming Playground Book

Scratch Programming Playground Book


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Embark on a Coding Adventure with "Scratch Programming Playground"!

Introducing the ultimate guide to unleashing creativity through code—"Scratch Programming Playground." Dive into the vibrant world of Scratch, the drag-and-drop programming language trusted by millions of first-time learners. Designed with digital technology teachers, computer science educators, and schools in mind, this book transforms programming into a thrilling experience, teaching essential skills by creating engaging games.

Key Features:

  1. Interactive Learning: Make coding exciting by creating cool games! "Scratch Programming Playground" guides you through each project with easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and coding challenges, ensuring a hands-on and immersive learning experience.

  2. Versatile Games: Destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, navigate mazes, slice fruit, and more! Each game project introduces new coding concepts, from basic commands to advanced programming techniques.

  3. Customization Opportunities: Want to add levels or a secret code? "Scratch Programming Playground" encourages creativity by providing the freedom to modify and enhance games. Write your code to personalize your gaming experience.

  4. Engaging Chapters: Explore diverse game projects, including Maze Runner, Snaaaaaake, Asteroid Breaker, Fruit Slicer, Brick Breaker, and an Advanced Platformer. Each chapter is a gateway to a new coding adventure.

  5. Author Expertise: Learn from Al Sweigart, a seasoned software developer dedicated to making programming accessible to learners of all ages. Al Sweigart is the bestselling author of Python books, including "Automate the Boring Stuff with Python."

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: A warm welcome to Scratch and the programming playground.

  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with Scratch: Join the Scratch community and explore the Scratch editor.

  • Chapter 2: Rainbow Lines in Space!: Create an animated art project using code blocks and multiple sprites, learning about directions and degrees.

  • Chapter 3: Maze Runner: Escape the maze! Guide the cat through eight challenging levels using keyboard controls.

  • Chapter 4: Shooting Hoops with Gravity: Craft a basketball game with realistic gravity effects.

  • Chapter 5: A Polished Brick Breaker Game: Transform a basic brick breaker into an exciting game with animations and sound effects.

  • Chapter 6: Snaaaaaake!: Dive into the classic snake game, exploring sprite cloning to create a stretching snake body.

  • Chapter 7: Fruit Slicer: Clone the hit smartphone game Fruit Ninja! Slice fruit mid-air using mouse controls.

  • Chapter 8: Asteroid Breaker . . . in Space!: Clone the classic space shooter Asteroids, adding mouse and keyboard controls to the spaceship.

  • Chapter 9: Making an Advanced Platformer: Combine concepts from previous chapters to create a platformer game with walking and jumping animations, platforms, and AI-controlled enemies.

Why Choose "Scratch Programming Playground"?

  • Educational Excellence: Aligned with educational standards, this book offers a structured and effective coding curriculum.

  • Creativity Unleashed: Encourage imaginative thinking and problem-solving as students bring their game projects to life.

  • Accessible Learning: Designed for learners of all ages, this book provides an inclusive and interactive approach to coding education.

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of Al Sweigart, a respected software developer and bestselling author.

Ignite the Coding Passion!

"Scratch Programming Playground" is more than a book—it's an invitation to a thrilling coding journey. Equip your students with the tools to turn their coding dreams into reality. Ignite their passion for programming, one game at a time!


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