Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games
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Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games  -     By: Jon Woodcock

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games

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Computers are part of our lives today, and while computers are so simple kids can use them, not so many kids (or adults!) know about the code that makes them work. Coding is not only a fun hobby, but is also a skill that's in demand around the world and can open up doors later in life. This fun book is based on Scratch 3.0, a language designed to help kids learn to code!

Kids will love the step-by-step, visual approach that makes even the most difficult coding concepts fun and easy to understand. This book blends coding theory with the practical task of creating exciting games. Children learn the fundamentals of computer programming by seeing how to build their own games. Coding theory is taught through practical tasks, so young programmers don't just learn how computer code works; they learn why it's done that way. "Jumpy Monkey" shows them how to simulate gravity in their games, or they can give "Dog's Dinner" a try to learn about collision detection. Once they've zoomed through the book, the possibilities are endless!

224 pages, softcover. Grades 3-7. To use this book, you'll have to download and install Scratch 3.0 (which works on Macs and Windows)

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Title: Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games
By: Jon Woodcock
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: DK Children
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.19 X 7.69 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 8 ounces
ISBN: 1465477330
ISBN-13: 9781465477330
Ages: 8-12
Stock No: WW477332

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Publisher's Description

Scratch 3.0 has landed! Stay ahead of the curve with this fully updated guide for beginner coders.

Coding is not only a highly sought-after skill in our digital world, but it also teaches kids valuable skills for life after school. This book teaches important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas, all while creating games to play with their friends.

Children will enjoy the step-by-step visual approach that makes even the most difficult coding concepts easy to master. They will discover the fundamentals of computer programming and learn to code through a blend of coding theory and the practical task of building computer games themselves. 

The reason coding theory is taught through practical tasks is so that young programmers don't just learn how computer code works - they learn why it's done that way. 

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. It also supports STEM education initiatives and the maker movement.

Follow Simple Steps – Improve Your Skills – Share Your Games!

If you like playing computer games, why not create your own? Essential coding concepts are explained using eight build-along game projects. Coding Games In Scratch guides young coders step-by-step, using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art. 

This coding book for kids has everything you need to build amazing Scratch 3.0 games, including thrilling racing challenges, zany platform games, and fiendish puzzles. 

Follow the simple steps to become an expert coder using the latest version of the popular programming language Scratch 3.0 in this new edition. Improve your coding skills and create your own games before remixing and customizing them. Share your games online and challenge friends and family to beat each other's scores! 

In this book, you will: 
- Learn about setting the scene, what makes a good game and playability
- Discover objects, rules, and goals
- Explore hacks and tweaks, camera angles, fine-tuning and controls
- And much more

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 for kids are full of fun exercises with step-by-step guidance, making them the perfect introductory tools for building vital skills in computer programming. Add Coding Projects in Scratch and Coding Projects in Python to your collection.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"An absolutely wonderful introduction to programming games." — Kirkus Reviews

"…clear instructions and plenty of images that make coding just about foolproof." — Booklist

"A great resource that pushes Scratch to the limits of its use and entertainment." — School Library Journal

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