EXAMPLES OF GAMES IN THE PRACTICAL GUIDE
NB: The Practical Guide was made with Scratch 2.0. Some command blocks have changed a little in the new Scratch 3.0. version. Thus, the text or colour in some of the blocks in the online editor might not match those in the guide. The basic principles of the instructions should work, however. We are in the process of updating the guide, but can not yet give a fixed date for the updated version’s publication.
Workshop 1: Jewel Thief
Workshop 2: Adventures at Sea
MORE LEARNING MATERIALS ABOUT SCRATCH
Scratch itself contains a multitude of tutorials and tips for using the development environment. Some useful tools and websites include
- Getting Started Tutorial in Scratch
- More Tips and Tutorials in Scratch
- The Scratch Wiki for information about specific program components
- ScratchEd Community
- Linkki’s Peliklinikka (Game Clinic) for posting any projects you have problems with
Linkki also hosts a mass of materials and game ideas for use by teachers and Scratchers alike. Most of these are in Finnish, but we’re working on getting materials translated as well.
PROGRAMMING WITHOUT ACCESS TO SCRATCH ONLINE
The Scratch website can occasionally be out of reach due to updates, network connections faults or other reasons. You can prepare for this beforehand by installing the Scratch offline version.
Another option is to try Snap!, which is a similar development environment built on a different web technology.
MORE PUZZLES FOR PROGRAMMING WITHOUT A COMPUTER
Linkki science lab is a unit for early education in computer science and programming skills. The lab provides after school activities on programming for youth in age groups 9-16 years, and supports teachers with continuing education in the field.
Linkki is a part of the LumA Science Education Centre at the University of Helsinki, and is hosted by the University of Helsinki Department of Computer Science. Linkki’s website can be found at linkki.cs.helsinki.fi.