Fall 2017: Workout #4 (11/05)

Novice Coders: Overview [Room 320]

Novice Coders: Details

These are coders who are just getting started. If you are new to coding in general or just new to Scratch (the language we use to get started) this is the group for you.

Last session we worked on the Build a Band project. After you finished your project, I wanted you to share it by putting it in our Fall studio. If you haven’t already done so, please share your project by putting it in the studio. Don’t know how? Ask another coder to see how they did it. Now that you’ve shared your project, check out what your fellow coders have done. Have questions how they did something? Search them out and ask! This is an important part of our Dojo experience. Don’t skip it!

Today we are going to learn about the More Blocks syntax, event mechanisms, and backdrops in the context of Characters, Conversations and Scenes. I have selected three small projects each of which work on one of these areas. If you are good at connecting the dots you will see that all of this is leading us up to what we will do at our next meeting – Tell a story!

Follow the suggestions on the project sheets. But don’t just stop once you’ve done the bare minimum. Work through the Things to Try or Feeling Stuck follow on ideas. Be creative. Explore. Look around at what your neighbors are doing. Ask questions. Have fun!

And don’t forget to share in the Spring studio.

Everybody Else

New to the Dojo but not a novice coder? We need to talk! Come find me mentor after the dust settles when the Dojo gets started today. We’ll help you find your way.

Everybody else should be continuing work on their long term project. I dropped the ball last workout when I was off enjoying a Sheep and Wool festival. I should have reminded you that the deadline to register for the Cool Code Awards event was November 3rd. We were decidedly lacking in participation, so the deadline has been extended until November 28. But no time like the present so, if you want to enter the showcase, register today! Go to www.coolcode.co and have your parent fill out the registration form.

Registering is easy. Parents, you’ll need to know if your child wants to register as a team or individual. Then enter your child’s project name and have them describe it. Then supply names and addresses and contact info. The next thing you need to do is designate a sponsor, someone who will certify that your child’s project is ready for the competition. This can be a teacher at school, a software professional, or any of the adult mentors here at the Dojo. That’s it!

Coders, have you run into a wall with your project? Still looking to make your project even better? Look at the suggestions I wrote up in Workout #2. Do you want some suggestions on how to make your project better? Show your project to your fellow coders and see what they think.