Become a Ninja Scratch Cat!

Do all five challenges and receive this digital Ninja Cat Scratch Badge!

Do all five challenges and receive this digital Ninja Scratch Cat Badge!

5 Summer Scratch Challenges

I’ve came across a brilliant opportunity for students to continue their learning through the summer.  It is the 5 Summer Scratch Challenges.  Students will have 5 challenges to finish over the summer.  If they finish all of them, they will receive a digital Ninja Scratch Cat badge.  Registration at the website is required.  They will also need their Scratch account.

Here are the 5 challenges:

  1. Chasing Game Challenge
  2. Maze Game Challenge
  3. The Hoard Challenge (storyboarding challenge)
  4. Choose Your Adventure (interactive digital stories)
  5. Game Publishing (make and share a game with specified effects and features)

The challenges run twice through the summer. The first set started last week.  Students must submit all 5 challenges via the “Submit” button by July 20th to get their badge.   The second set of challenges (same as the first) runs between July 21 – August 24.  Submit all 5 challenges by August 23, to get the badge.

I’m going to do these challenges myself, in order to learn how to make these things.  I’ll be dragging my two younger boys, along for the ride.

We’ve finished the first challenge already, which is to create a Chasing Game.  Take a look.  This one was done by the 10 year old. (There may still be some bugs we have to work out.) Directions: Move the arrow keys to run from the ghost:

This one below was done by the 13 year old.  Use the arrow keys to run away from the ghost.

We joined the live google hangout “Show and Tell” put on by Pursuitery.  We were thrilled when this second project, above, was featured during the live google hangout. Unfortunately, the loud “ghost audio” created by my son (He recorded himself speaking backwards!  creepy!) messed up Evan’s computer and caused a hiccup in the show for a minute or so.  Woops.  😀   Click the video link and scroll to 14 minutes and 30 seconds to see it.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/yAVnatTOXs4?t=14m40s[/youtube]

The world is definitely much, much smaller in the online community.  My boys were SO THRILLED to get the mention!  Thanks again, Evan!

I hope you’re inspired to join the 5 Summer Challenges with Pursuitery and Scratch!  It’s never too late to start.  Today is the start of week two and the theme will be “Maze Games“.  You can still do the first challenge of Chasing Games at any time.  Just get all five challenges submitted by July 20 (for the first session of challenges) or August 23 (for the second session) to get your badge!

See this video for the tutorial on making the Chasing Games:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3goItEqutEo&feature=share&list=PLPjI6boFs4ajz4YjcBixcrmI2jHqbd3Y3[/youtube]

I hope you’ll join us for a fun summer of learning how to code.  Maybe I’ll see you at the Twitter hashtag #codingwithscratch?  This is where the Coding with Scratch & Pursuitery Summer Scratch Challenge is being tweeted out.   Visit my Infinite Loop Coding Club Scratch Studio to see our Scratch challenges as we finish them.

Have a great summer and keep Coding and Scratching!

~Vivian

Happy summer and keep coding and scratching!

Happy summer and keep coding and  Scratching!

About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home chezvivian.coetail.com curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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