The Pixel Gang - Scratch coding for kids: Getting started
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The Pixel Gang - Scratch coding for kids: Getting started

Transforming children from players of games into creators
5.0 (2 ratings)
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Created by Matt Ottewill
Last updated 3/2019
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Creative games making with Scratch
  • Getting around the Scratch interface

  • Creating player controls

  • Making sprites move by themselves
  • Creating collisions
  • Painting your own sprites
  • How to make a ping pong game
  • Be able to use a computer mouse and keyboard

This course is designed for parents who want to re-direct their child's natural enthusiasm for playing games into creating games and coding. It has has been created specifically with young learners in mind and is suitable for 7-12 year olds.

Every lesson has been carefully scripted to be clear and unambiguous. Our instructor is a qualified and experienced teacher who speaks clearly and precisely, leading the learner through every detail of the activity. Each step is explained and demonstrated.

As the lessons progress, your child will build familiarity with Scratch, follow game making exercises, build a complete game and acquire the skills and knowledge required to build their own games. In so doing they will begin to understand the fundamental transferable concepts of coding, and improve their creative, math and computational thinking skills.

Who this course is for:
  • Young learners and beginners
  • Children who play games and would like to learn how to create their own
  • Parents who want to transform their children from players of games into creators
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 01:55:37
+ Getting started with Scratch: Help for parents
1 lecture 04:05

What is Scratch? Who created Scratch? Downloading and installing Scratch. Helping your child get started with our lessons.

Preview 04:05
+ Getting started with Scratch: Lessons (lectures)
10 lectures 01:51:32

Introduction to the stage, actors, costumes, props and scripts.

You're the director! So what do you need for a play? Stage, Actors, Props. Choose new sprite from file. Name a sprite. Your first script. Delete a script. Scripts that flash, and forever scripts . Control the cat with go-to, set-size, forever and follow the mouse-pointer scripts. Next costume scripts. Only face left-right. Sensing scripts. Save a game.

Preview 15:03

Create a way to begin a game with the green flag or a keyboard shortcut.

File>new. Broadcast script. Duplicate script. Receive broadcast script. Go to script. Point in direction script. Set size script. Create a template game file.

A good way to begin a game

Give a player control over a sprite.

Sprite follows the mouse-pointer. Distance-to scripts. Costume center point. Arrow key scripts. Duplicate a script.

Control a sprite's movement

Make a sprite move automatically.

Open a game. Set size scripts. Script block order. Save a copy of a game with a new name. Point towards and chase a sprite. Duplicate a sprite.

Make a sprite move by itself

Make something happen when sprites touch.

Sensing and touching scripts. Turn scripts. Repeat scripts. Glide scripts. Wait scripts. Full screen mode.


Send a message from one sprite to another.

If on edge bounce script. Broadcast to a sprite. Import a new sprite. Receive broadcast from sprite. Paint a background .Next background script block.

Broadcasting between sprites

Create your own sprite.

Delete a sprite. Paint a dice. Transparency. Rectangle tool. Paint brush tool . Repeat script block. Turn script block. Random operator script block. Edit stage. Undo button. Eraser tool. Clear button. Paint bucket tool. Line tool. Rectangle tool.

The paint window

Use position to make things happen.

Co-ordinate display. Stage X co-ordinate. X axis. Stage width. Go to X Y script block. If else script block and the more-than operator. Color effect script block. Stage Y co-ordinate. Y axis. Stage height.

More about the stage

Create a game instructions screen.

Delete scripts. New broadcast. Paint new sprite. Text tool. Show script block. Hide script block. Choose new sprite from file. Pick random operator. Random location. Duplicate a sprite.

Show and hide

Create a ping pong game.

Paint a background. Create the stage scripts. Paint the instructions sprite. Show the instructions. Hide the instructions. Create the first bat. Create the second bat. Paint a ball. Script the ball. Make the ball bounce. Sample a color.

Make your first finished game - Ping pong