In OLPC class this week, it was hour of code day so we got to do an hour of any sort of coding we wanted. I did the google coding game that you could find by going to google and clicking on the logo. It was a simple fun game that has a bunny who you are trying to help get all the carrots. You help the bunny reach these carrots by dropping programming blocks such as the arrows or turns into the space below and hit the orange button when you want it to start. This is very similar to scratch but much more simple. Once your bunny gets all the carrots you can move on to a harder level and are introduced to more blocks such a repeat, so you can try and find the simplest/shortest code. This game has taught me how simple coding can be and that it can be turned into a game! It was a lot of fun! My favorite part about this particular program was that I didn’t even realize I was coding. I am excited to see what we are doing in this week’s OLPC class.
In OLPC class this week, we have continued working with Scratch to make some games that the kids in Barbados will be able to recreate or play when we visit. Making these games has helped and will continue to help us grow more and more accustomed to Scratch so that we can be in the best shape possible when we head to Barbados. We have also been looking at some of the pre-made Scratch games that the Scratch Team created. Before opening the game, it gives you a brief description of the end goal of the game, and what’s actually going on with the game. These games have slight problems that cause the games to go wrong at some point, and we were tasked with finding the problem and figuring out how to fix it. Doing this will allow us to help the kids in Barbados when they have a problem with a game that they may create.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been using the old version of Scratch because it can be downloaded and it doesn’t need Wi-Fi in order to run. This means that the kids in Barbados who don’t have access to Wi-Fi will be able to use Scratch which is really awesome. Exploring Scratch this past week has been interesting, and it’s allowed us to find new controls, new solutions to problems we might have, and new ways to do things in the program. We are all looking forward to what is in store for the upcoming OLPC classes!!