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Discovering New Things

So yesterday one of the students I had helped with an assignment some weekend back (they did very well) came back hoping for some help. They were very determined to try and understand the work they were doing last time and they were very actively trying to learn and they asked a number of questions as we were through the solutions and I explained things as best I could.

This time they're working on a sort of... animated program. It's very basic. There's no actual prgramming (coding I guess) but it's still a basic workflow of events and actions. It's just in a drag and drop interface.


As above, it's call Scratch. Their assignment requires them to meet roughly 20 to 25 items from the number of sprites they must use, background changes, conditional statements, human interaction, etc.

I had no idea how it worked and I couldn't get the actions to work as well as I'd like. Then, of course, I decided to actually read the help information and looked at some tips. Then it started to make sense. The student came to the desk in the evening and she initially sat down to look at the interface and review the assignment. I think they just got it and they have a couple weeks to work on it but they want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. They didn't stay too long as they decided they needed to go home and come up with an actual story and figure out what they wanted to do first and familiarize themselves with the interface. They're planning to stop by in the evening today and I'm really hoping they just figured a lot of it out and they don't really need me.

However, in the event they do need help... I have been messing around with it. This probably took me about 2.5 to 3 hours but I'm playing off The Twilight Zone.

I captured the intro credits and music and tried to create the scenes. Then I used IMDb for some quotes. Google image searches gave me most of my sprites. I had to redo some of them when I realized they should all be black and white.

The Twilight Zone

I'm actually hoping to come up with a story. I just have to find some more sprites, some backdrops. I'll be watching a few more episodes to try and get the hang of the basic story elements. I think I had an idea last night or when I was trying to sleep... We'll see how it turns out.

3 blog comments below

That's really good that is.
truespeed on Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:38 pm
That's awesome! One can become one's own movie producer. Nice work! Cool
deanhills on Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:43 am
Nice TG. I hope the student appreciates your help.
standready on Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:26 pm

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