Programming

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

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

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.