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Mini Scratch Unit

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Lecture notes for mini-Scratch unit for middle school math

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Mini Scratch Unit

  1. 1. Intro to Programming Algebra-Geometry
  2. 2. Computer Programming?  What is programming?  The process of writing, testing, and maintaining the source code of computer programs.  Telling the computer what to do  Why learn to program?  Develops logic and problem-solving skills  Improves attention to detail  It’s fun!
  3. 3. But I’m Not a Geek!  Until recently, programming required knowledge of computer language syntax
  4. 4. Anyone Can Program!  New tools, like Scratch, allow ANYONE to create computer programs without learning complicated syntax.
  5. 5. Programming with Scratch  Open Scratch from either the desktop icon or Start Menu
  6. 6. Homework  Make sure you have the latest version of Scratch installed on your Tablet PC  Finish working through the Scratch Getting Started Guide  Feel free to experiment and explore!
  7. 7. Scratch Syntax: Part 1 Algebra-Geometry
  8. 8. Statements  In programming, a statement is simply a directive that tells the computer to do something. Think of it as a command or an instruction.  In Scratch, any block whose label reads like a command is a statement.
  9. 9. Boolean Expressions  Sometimes, you only want a statement to be executed under certain conditions. Such conditions are defined in terms of Boolean expressions.  In programming, a Boolean expression is an expression that is either true or false. In Scratch, any block shaped like an elongated diamond is a Boolean expression.
  10. 10. Boolean Expressions  One such block is: After all, it is either true that the mouse button is down or it is false.  Another such block is: After all, it is either true that some number is less than another number or it is false.  With Boolean expressions can we construct conditions.
  11. 11. Conditions  In programming, a condition is something that must be true in order for something to happen.  A condition is thus said to "evaluate to true" or "evaluate to false."  In Scratch, any block whose label says "if," "when," or "until" is a sort of conditional construct.
  12. 12. Conditions  If Construct: Instruct a sprite to say hello only if, say, the user has depressed the mouse button:  If-Else Construct: Instruct a sprite to say hello or goodbye, depending on whether the user has depressed the mouse button:
  13. 13. Conditions  When Construct: Instruct a sprite to do something when an event occurs:  When Construct: Instruct a sprite to wait to do something until a condition is true:
  14. 14. Loops  In programming, a loop can induce multiple executions of statements.  In Scratch, any block whose label begins with "forever" or "repeat" is a looping construct.
  15. 15. Follow Me Follow Me applet
  16. 16. Homework  Complete the Cat Walk Project  You may wish to use the Scratch Reference Guide and the Programming Concepts Handout as resources  Completed projects need to be submitted via Interact by the due date.
  17. 17. Scratch Syntax: Part 2 Algebra-Geometry
  18. 18. Variables  In programming, a variable is a placeholder for some value, much like x and y are popular variables in algebra.  In Scratch, variables are represented with blocks shaped like elongated circles, uniquely labeled by you.
  19. 19. Threads  In programming, a thread is like a mini- program within a program that can execute at the same time as other threads.  In Scratch, any block whose label begins with "when" essentially demarks the start of a thread.
  20. 20. Events  An event is a signal from one thread to another.  Blocks whose labels begin with "broadcast" signal events whereas blocks whose labels begin with "when" handle events.
  21. 21. Pac Man and Pong  Games like Pac Man use Threads  A Variable could be added to Pong
  22. 22. Homework  Complete the Tweak a Game Project  Remember that the video tutorials can be very helpful  Completed projects need to be submitted via Interact by the due date. Don’t forget to include your brief written summary!
  23. 23. Scratch Syntax: Your First Game Algebra-Geometry
  24. 24. Adding a Level  Levels can be added using threads and events.
  25. 25. Copter Game Flight Code
  26. 26. Copter Game—One Level
  27. 27. Homework  Complete the Your First Game Project  You may wish to use the Copter Game and Levels program as resources  Completed projects need to be submitted via Interact by the due date.

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