Today was going to be the start of another round of Code Club for 4th graders but school was cancelled due to icy roads. I have 18 students signed up for this session, my 5th. For some students this will be their second round of Code Club and I will call them my “experts”. The rest are new to Code Club and may have little experience with Scratch, or none at all.
I started last year’s Spring session with the maze game with good results. That will be my plan for this session’s first meeting which will be next week now.
In the mean time, I’ve been looking at some new resources to get ideas for new projects. (I love the projects from Code Club World but it’s good to have variety.) I found a project in the book Super Scratch Programming Adventure! from No Starch Press that I would like to try with my Code Club coders. It’s the Space Odyssey game and the second project in the book.
The book is nicely laid out and kid friendly with parts of it in comic book mode and downloadable resources. It even has an educator/parent guide.
I’ve spent the morning following the directions for Space Odyssey project and I think my students will like it. It has all the elements that they are known to enjoy: cool graphics and sounds, step by step directions, customizability, and game play.