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’ll use the vector editing tools in Scratch to customize your android or draw your own character. To start, click on the costumes tab.
To change the shape of the android, click to select it. To separate the android into different parts, click the “ungroup” tool. Now, you can click and edit each part individually.
For example, drag the handle to rotate the arm, or resize it by dragging the corners.
If you make a mistake, that’s okay! Just click the “undo” button.
Click the android’s head. An orange border appears, so you can further ungroup this shape.
Click the “ungroup” tool again to edit more shapes, like the eyes and antenna.
Next, edit the other android costumes. The clothes and hair can all be changed. To change the color of something, click the “color a shape” button, select a color, and click on the shape. To move an item from one android costume to another, copy and paste it. Select the item you want to copy, hold the command or control button on your keyboard, and press the “C” key. Then, navigate to the other costume, hold command or control again, and tap the “V” key.
You can also draw your own costume! Click “paint new costume,” then click “convert to vector” in the lower right corner to use the tools you learned about in this add-on.
Learn more about bitmap editing in the “Creating Bitmap Characters” add-on.
Experiment with the drawing tools to create your character. Start by drawing a simple shape, like an ellipse, then use the reshape tool to edit it.
Use the stamp tool to copy an object. Click the tool, then click a shape or object to copy. There’s a lot you can draw using simple shapes.
Be creative, and have fun! Now, it’s your turn!
Personalize the android sprite using vector tools, or draw your own sprite to incorporate in your project.