This week in Code Club we worked on a Scratch game project that was simple in design but could be creatively enhanced quite easily. We used Simon Haughton’s Pong game directions. That’s right, the old Pong game. Of course, these 10 year olds had never heard of Pong.
When considering what project to try this week I took a look at the new Code Club Scratch projects that have just become available. I have no doubt my students would love them all, especially Dodgeball. I’m considering that for next time.
After their struggles with Paint Box, though, I wanted to introduce a simpler project and Pong fit the bill. My high school volunteers were excited about it, too. One said he had written a Pong game before.
I started our code club meeting by talking about the independent project that is coming up. I want them to start thinking about what game or animation they want to design. My goal, I explained, was to introduce a variety of projects to them so they could get an idea of what was possible to make using Scratch. They could even take a project they have already started and enhance it to make it their own.
With that in mind we started Pong.
I also put the original 2-person Pong game on screen and a break-out style game to give them ideas of where this kind of game could go. It didn’t take them long to code their game so there was plenty of time for their creativity to come out.
Some students added extra objects on the screen to interact with and get or lose points. Others spent extra time with the background and sounds.
There was even time at the end to look at or work on previous projects and think about their independent project that is coming up. I saw one student adding more to his ChatBot project, another looking online at last sessions’ Showcase #1 projects.
A couple of students have asked if they could work in groups of three for the individual project. I have my reservations about this. Pair programming is hard enough. Some groups worked well together last time, others…. I have to come to a decision about this soon.