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.
In this add-on, you will learn how to upload and import images from other projects, as well as how to present your scrapbook project to the greater Scratch community.
One way to import objects from other projects is to use the backpack.
The backpack is a holding place for code or sprites you want to re-use between projects.
Open another project, it doesn’t have to be your own!
Then, click on the upside-down triangle at the bottom of the screen to open the backpack.
Choose items you like in the project, such as code, sprites, backdrops, or sounds, and drag them into the backpack.
When you open your scrapbook project, you can click on the backpack and drag those favorite items into your scrapbook.
Use the backpack to re-use anything you think is cool or interesting.
Another fun feature in Scratch is the ability to save the screen.
Choose another project in Scratch, and press the green flag to watch the project play.
At any point, right-click the stage and select “Save a picture of Stage.”
You can download this picture onto your computer.
You can upload this picture to your scrapbook, either as a sprite or a backdrop.
Use this idea to present your favorite project or sprite!
Scratch is much bigger than just the projects you focus on in this club.
In fact, it’s a global community.
Over 4 million people use the Scratch website to share, remix, and enjoy each other’s projects.
Scratch provides a project page as well as a profile for you to do this.
Click on “See Project page,” just underneath the username.
On this new page, you can give the project a name, tell a little bit about how to use the project, and include notes or credits.
You can add “Project tags” like “Scrapbook” or “CS First” to make the project searchable.
On this page, there are other social tools that you use when you share the project.
When you click the star button, it marks the project as a favorite.
The heart means you love it.
The studio button adds the project to a studio, or a mini community where you and your friends can create projects together.
On the far right is how many times your project has been seen by others.
Finally, you can leave comments to tell others what you think about their projects.
Remember, to be respectful and courteous as part of following Scratch’s community guidelines.
You can search for and comment on your friends’ projects on Scratch.
Just type their username into the search bar.
When you find them, you can follow them by clicking on the follow button in the top right corner.
When you follow friends, you will get automatic updates about things they like, as well as any projects they share.
You can find this information on your profile page.
Click on your username at the top right, and select profile.
Here you can share a little about yourself, upload an icon, and check out all of your stuff.
Remember, don’t share personal information like your first and last name, home address, email, or phone number.
You can share a few of your likes and some of the things you are working on.
Remember, you can access Scratch even after CS First is over.
Scratch can become a community where you can share and explore.
Now it’s your turn, Use the backpack and “Save Screen” function to upload images into your scrapbook project.
Add information to describe your project in the project page.
Become a community member of Scratch, by following your friends, updating your profile, and commenting on other’s projects!