by The LEAD Project
August 2012, 160 pp.
Scratch is the wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time learners in classrooms, libraries, and homes worldwide. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations.
In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They'll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. The book's patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time.
This full-color comic book makes programming concepts like variables, flow control, and subroutines effortless to absorb. Packed with ideas for games that kids will be proud to show off, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! is the perfect first step for the budding programmer.
About the Author
The Learning through Engineering, Art, and Design (LEAD) Project is an educational initiative established to encourage the development of creative thinking through the use of technology. Created by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, the LEAD project promotes hands-on, design-based activities to foster innovation, problem solving skills, and technical literacy.
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Table of Contents
A Note for Parents and Educators
Stage 1 – Riding A Flare from the Sun
Stage 2 – Entering Deep Space
Stage 3 – Trapped By Mona Lisa’s Smile
Stage 4 – Defend Hong Kong's Technocore
Stage 5 – Penalty Kick In Ipanema
Stage 6 – Race in the Desert
Stage 7 – The Secret Treasure of Giza
Stage 8 – Wizard's Race
Stage 9 – The Final Fight ... In Dark Space
Stage 10 – Epilogue
Bonus Round 1 – Make It, Share It!
"Walks readers through a series of extremely well-designed game-design projects, each of which introduces a new concept or two to young programmers, providing a gentle learning curve for mastering Scratch's many powerful features."
"I found all the games fun to build and use and could definitely see the distinct lessons each one was designed to teach...This book provides a good way to get started by demonstrating how to build fun applications and hopefully this in turn will encourage readers to move on to creating more on their own."
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"A great introduction to game design. Kids will start building games from the first page."
"If you have a kid who plays around with a computer and can read even a little, GET THIS."
"If you think you might have a future programmer on your hands, it's time to introduce your kid to Scratch. . . . Super Scratch Programming Adventure! makes it even easier to get started."
"If you've got a child or maybe even a classroom of students who are wanting to make their own games, Scratch is a great option...for structured training that is also entertaining, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! will make a great textbook."
"The book is written well, and offers a screenshot for every step of the process...It will impart enough knowledge for you to begin working on separate projects."
"Super Scratch Programming Adventure! goes far beyond those free resources for introducing young readers to what Scratch is capable of, and for that reason it's definitely a worthwhile investment."
"If you're looking for a way to get your kid interested in programming, and Scratch in particular, I can't recommend this book enough."
"My daughter wanted to learn how to program a video game, and I thought it would be a lot more difficult. Shortly after starting to read and apply this book, she coded a video game!"
"Would be of great use to someone who already knows a little Scratch and wants to become more skilled...the layout of the book is visually very appealing and the writing is concise and to the point."
"If you have a 6-10 year old boy or girl in your family, I unhesitatingly recommend Super Scratch Programming Adventure. If it ends up in the hands of the right kid, it will be a life-changing experience."
"Super Scratch Programming Adventure! feels fresh and unique. . . . .I certainly recommend it, there isn't another book like this out there and the projects on offer are some of the best and most polished Scratch games that I have seen."
"A really great introduction to Scratch, and to the world of programming in general. Everything about it is fun, accessible, and easy to use, no matter what age you are."
"The style of instruction is straightforward and accessible, and the games that the reader creates as exercises provide plenty of opportunities for experimenting with Scratch."
"Super Scratch Programming Adventure! is a great tool for parents to use to help their kids or for teens to use on their own."