In Storytelling, students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
In Friends, students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
In Fashion & Design, students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
In Art, students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
In Social Media, students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
In Music & Sound, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Students create fun and complex animated projects. This is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes.
In this sample activity students animate an ocean wave to create a setting, then tell a story that takes place on the high seas.
In this sample activity students tell a story using the characters from Cartoon Network’s "The Amazing World of Gumball."
Be a designer and programmer – bring the Google logo to life using code.
Add some sound to your project!
On the CS First website, there is a soundbite of “applause.” Download this sound, and upload it to the sounds tab in Scratch to add it to your sounds library. You can also add the sound to your backpack from other Scratch projects. Now, you can add an applause sound throughout or at the end of your project using the “sound” blocks from the sound menu.
To play sound in the background of your program as models walk on stage, go to the sounds tab, and click on “choose new sound from library.” There, you will see different categories of sounds. Click on the “Music Loops” category on the left to see different music loops, or short sections of music tracks. These loops are longer than other sounds.
To lengthen the music, or make it repeat, use “forever” or “repeat” blocks in your project. Don’t forget to add an event to your new sound blocks to make them happen when you want them to play!
Have fun coding, and ask your neighbor to test out your program once you’re finished!