We have two weeks until our Showcase of Projects and I’ve been checking in with all of the Code Club members to see how they are doing. There are no team or pair projects this round which I find surprising but this year’s 4th-graders are very much unique individuals. I tried putting two students together on one project, but they just couldn’t work together. So they each have a similar project. This does mean that there will be a lot of projects to present at the Showcase.
The character Bendy from Bendy and the Ink Machine game is featured in a couple of chase games. How these nine-year-olds know about this horror game, beats me. I hadn’t heard of it, but then again, I don’t like scary things.
Most of the students are in good shape. The two virtual pet projects just need a few tweaks. The trivia and math quiz projects seem fine.
The Riddler is well coded, but I think I need to show this coder how to make his own blocks for the “you answered it wrong”. He has duplicated his code in each “else” loop. Perfect opportunity to teach code reuse or refactoring. Now I finally have a reason to show them how those dark purple blocks work.
The flying cat and maze games could use some more work, but now that I’ve seen the state of everyone’s code, I think we might spend some time this week talking about game testing, how important it is, how to do it well and how to fix the glitches.
Equally important as testing for bugs, is to test for fun-ness. We want our games to be fun. Yes, we do.