The projects for our showcases are finished and have been published on the Scratch site and I’m compiling them onto our school Code Club page in preparation for our final meetings this week when the parents come to see what we have been up to.
There are some pretty impressive projects. And the students’ hard work is evident. Maze games, Chatbots, Races, Survivor games, Pong types:
Then there’s The Epic Game where there are 4 games in one project. The two girls working on this one came in at recess to work on it and were really motivated to meet their goal of finishing it.
They learned a lot about game flow, how to use broadcast effectively and how making one seemly insignificant change can break everything. And about testing, testing, testing. I thought I would need to show them Rik Cross’s Cheat Codes, but their chatbot like game flow let us quickly get to the game that was having issues.
I’m really proud of all of these projects and coders, even the two, possibly three, Try Not To Laugh projects. Yes, it seems we have a dancing llama infection. The first TNTL project was a dancing llama project from Showcase #2 called Super Awesome Llama Man. I wasn’t that impressed with the project makers plan or effort, but it fit his personality and every single 4th grader who sees it seems to think it is hilarious in it’s absurdity. This year the llama man Sprite is back in a couple of Try Not to Laugh projects. Also is a walking taco and troll face.
I okayed one TNTL project but when two students project derailed because they couldn’t agree on how to proceed with their joint project, I okayed their change to a TNTL project.
I tried to find funny gifs other than the llama, but they all love the llama. Really, it’s not funny anymore.