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Coding is a fun hobby in addition to being a great skill to learn in today's technology-based world!
Creating a computer games requires creative thinking both in terms of story and art, as well as in terms of writing the code itself. Kids will learn how to create a game--- including the stories, heroes, villains, and lan dscapes---through the easy-to-learn coding language of Scratch. Starting with the basics, students will learn what makes a good game, how coding works, how Scratch works, how to build scripts, how to use Sprites, and more. Instructions are easy to understand, with images that show windows as they'll appear on the computer, step-by-step instructions, and helpful sidebar notes.
224 pages, softcover. This book requires users to download Scratch; this book is based on Scratch 2.0. Grades 3-7.
Please note role-playing games are mentioned, with skills like casting spells referenced.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: DK Children
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.2 X 7.8 (inches)|
Written for children ages 812 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide uses fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions to show young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.
With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. All they need is a desktop or laptop with Adobe 10.2 or later, and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0. Coding can be done without download on https://scratch.mit.edu.
Essential coding concepts are explained using eight build-along game projects that guide young coders step-by-step, using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art. The book teaches important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas, all while creating games to play with their friends.
Supporting STEM education initiatives and the maker movement, computer coding teaches kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically, and is quickly becoming a necessary and sought-after skill. DK's computer coding books are full of fun exercises with step-by-step guidance, making them the perfect introductory tools for building vital skills in computer programming.
Dr. Jon Woodcock has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Computational Astrophysics from the University of London. He started coding at the age of eight and has programmed all kinds of computers from single-chip microcontrollers to world-class supercomputers. His many projects include giant space simulations, research in high-tech companies, and intelligent robots made from junk. Jon has a passion for science and technology education, giving talks on space and running computer programming clubs in schools. He has worked on numerous science and technology books as a contributor and consultant, including DK's How Cool Stuff Works and Help Your Kids with Computer Coding.