Next week is the showcase for both Code Clubs. That means this week all the individual Scratch projects the students have been working on since November have to be finished. Going into today’s Code Club session I was concerned. I knew of a few projects that were in need of major help.
I started out letting them know that their projects would need to be uploaded to the Scratch website by the end of the Code Club. We talked about how the showcase would go next week – how they would be presenting their projects and the parents would get a chance to try them out. I put two sign-up lists on the board – one for help, one for finished. Then we had at it.
I am really lucky to have a great high school volunteer and he has been bringing his girlfriend to help as well. While Josh handled the help list, I helped with the upload and sent the students to Raven who helped them fill out the project and credits page.
By the end of Code Club we had eleven projects uploaded, although not shared yet. Two more need a little more tweaking. Three students were absent. Luckily, I can give them some recess time in the lab tomorrow or Friday.
Tomorrow’s Code Club projects will all have to be done. No exceptions because I don’t see those students during the week. My daughter is coming with me tomorrow to help with the project instructions and credit page.
That’s the nuts and bolts of Code Club for today and tomorrow. What has me sitting here writing up this blog right now is my excitement for these projects. The creativity and hard work displayed in these projects is quite impressive.
Save Wizard Boy is a favorite Code Club maze game with green dots for points and a continual hip-hop beat as background music. The creators had the most difficulty working as a team and agreeing on what they wanted in the game. This is written in their notes: “Making this game was fun. I made it in Code Club with my friend. Making games on computers is fun and if you like to play games on computers you can go to Scratch.”
Mipio1 is another favorite platform 2-d world with gravity. Quite challenging for most of the students who attempted this type of game. I love the creativity and hand drawn city-scape. The 4th grader writes in her notes “What inspired me to introduce Mipio1 is the game called Mario and I love the game Mario. The game is sort of similar to that game.”
There were a number of sport type games – one called Wizard Soccer and two about football. In the Patriots each standard Scratch football player Sprite was customized.
Each project seems to be the best that student or team could produce. I truly didn’t think they’d be this impressive.