Programming with Scratch

One of the assignments for the Learning Creative Learning course I’m taking is to create a project in Scratch to introduce yourself to the other course participants.  Scratch is a visual programming language developed for kids.  I liked the idea of a maze, but I also wanted to try out variables (these are the parts of the game that keep track of the score and the number of lives you have left.)  I started out by looking at the code other basic maze games used.  For most of the rest of the coding, when I encountered problems my fabulous 12 year old son helped me out :-)  I encountered problems uploading images and sounds so almost all of the images were either from the Scratch library, or ones that I drew myself or library images that I edited.  The only image I could upload was that of the unhappy face.  The sounds are recordings of my son’s voice.  When you finish the maze, there is an ‘easter egg’ on the final screen (my son’s idea).  The game is embedded below, but if it doesn’t show up, here’s the link.  To start the game, click on the green flag.  Use your arrow keys to navigate the maze.

 

There were times during the creation of this project that were very frustrating, where I wasn’t able to program the game to do what I wanted it to.  When I was able to solve those problems though, it felt great!  I was really invested in the learning.

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