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1. An Unusual Discovery

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Hi, my name is Daraiha.

I am a proud, Black woman who works at Google to create more diversity in tech.

I'm also a dancer and an actress, and the founder of an organization that helps kids cope with life's challenges through art.

In this activity, you will use computer science to create a story about two characters that discover a surprising object.

Welcome to “An Unusual Discovery!”

You will program your characters to talk to each other.

You’ll also animate fun, silly, or spooky interactions between your characters and the unexpected object they find.

Computer science uses code to make projects called programs.

It’s a subject you can study in school, a career or something you can do just for fun.

People use computer science to make music, create games, share memories, and find creative solutions to tough problems!

To create your story, you will use computer science concepts, like sequencing.

Sequencing means to put things in a specific order.

You will tell your story using the Scratch website.

Scratch uses code blocks to give characters, called sprites, instructions.

This activity has different starter projects you can choose from.

Each project contains a different backdrop and an exciting object to animate.

After watching this video, choose a starter project.

This will open Scratch in a new tab.

Choose two characters to discover the object in your story.

Click “choose a sprite” and select your first character.

Scroll through the library to find a sprite for your story and add it to your project.

Then select another character!

To flip a sprite so that the two characters are facing each other, click the costumes tab, the select tool, and the “flip horizontal” button.

Click and drag the characters around the stage to move them.

Next, program one of your characters to talk using say blocks.

To add code to a sprite, first select it.

Click the code tab.

Then select the Looks menu.

Click, hold, and drag a “say for 2 seconds” block to add it to your project.

To run this code block, click it!

The sprite should say hello!

Think about your two characters and what they might say to each other.

Maybe they’re friends?

Or perhaps they just met?

Maybe they found the object in your story by accident.

Change the value in the say block to what your character will say to start your story.

Run your code.

In this example, the first character says “Whoa!

Look at that!”

Next, add an event to tell the computer when to run this code.

Select the “events” menu, and drag out a “when flag clicked” block.

This block runs the code when you click the flag at the top of the stage.

Click the flag to test your code.

Awesome.

Now someone can watch the beginning of your story by clicking the flag to start your program.

This video showed you how to start a story with two characters that find an unusual object.

To program your second character to respond to what your first character said, choose the Continue the Conversation video.

Then select and watch another video to further your story.

Curious what my characters discovered?

Check it out!

Two characters find a trombone, and start dancing to my favorite song!

Have fun with Hour of Code! It's time to get coding.

Now, it’s your turn: Select and open a starter project.

Add two character sprites.

Add a “say” block to make one sprite talk.

Add a “when flag clicked” block to start your story.

Then, watch the videos below and complete the steps in your project to continue your story.

Choose an Add-On
Start here
Continue the Conversation
Add code to both character sprites to continue their conversation.
Code a Color Change
Make the object change colors.
Add Mystery with a Pulsing Object
Make the object grow and shrink repeatedly to look like a pulse.
Add Sounds to Your Story
Add sound to the story when the characters discover the unusual object.
Make Your Object Bounce
Code the object to bounce around the screen.
Paint Your Own Animation
Use the costume editor in Scratch to customize an animation.
Animate a Story Title
Build a title card for the project and animate it before the story begins.
Let the Audience Decide
Ask the audience a question and make something happen based on the response.
Add an Object
Add another object to the story to create more action.
Instructions

Para hacer esta actividad en español, haz clic aquí.

Students
  1. Watch the introduction video.
  2. Open an 'adventure' project link below and add characters and dialogue.
    Note: Projects will open in Scratch 3.0, the next generation of Scratch.
  3. Return to this page and watch more videos below.
Teachers
  1. Visit the Hour of Code teacher resource page for instructions.
  2. Learn more about this activity and Scratch 3.0 here.