scratchicon.jpg☆ Lesson 1 - Introduction

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others. Scratch helps students learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. This video gives a good overview of what Scratch can do.


Creating an Account
Create an account in Scratch using your Dublin Google email address. Your username should be something other than your name, but something easy to remember. Scratch will send you an email asking you to verify your account. Be sure to do this, or you won't be able to share your project! In the upper right-hand corner of the browser window, you'll see a Join Scratch button.
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Getting Started
Here are some basic terms and skills...
  1. sprites (characters)
  2. stage (background)
  3. script command categories (motion, looks, events, control, sensing)
  4. costumes (poses)
  5. duplicate, delete, grow, and shrink tool



Additional Resources to Learn Scratch
Scratch Guide
Video Tutorials



☆ Lesson 2 - Scratch Challenge Cards

It's time to try your hand at Scratch! We'll start from the beginning. First, go to Scratch and login. If you haven't set up an account yet, you'll need to do that first. The Getting Started lesson will help you. The links below will take you to a whole bunch of Scratch Cards. The page breaks the Scratch skills into categories, then walks you through the steps.

Browse through the cards and give some a try. You may have to do some beginning ones in order to learn the basics, but then challenge yourself to try something more difficult. Try your hand at cards in several categories.
Scratch Challenge Cards



☆ Lesson 3 - Use Existing Projects to Learn Scratch - REMIX

With Scratch, you can code your own interactive games, stories, animations, and more. Look at some of the samples to get some ideas. You can even peek at the code to see how they were put together! What happens when you change some of the values in the code? Try it...
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★ Challenge: Animation
  1. In order to learn animation, look at this project in Scratch. Dance Party
  2. Click the green flag to play the project.
  3. This project uses 5 scripts and 2 sprites to accomplish its goal. Click on the blue See Inside button to look at the scripts the author used to accomplish this task.
  4. Remix this project: add additional sprites to the party

★ Challenge: Use the Glide Command
  1. In order to learn the glide command, look at this project in Scratch. Dress Up Tera on Scratch
  2. Click the green flag to play the project.
  3. Click on an article of clothing to make it "glide" to the appropriate place on the sprite.
  4. This project uses 15 scripts and 8 sprites to accomplish its goal. Click on the blue See Inside button to look at the scripts the author used to accomplish this task.
  5. Remix this project: add additional accessory sprites

★ Challenge: Create a Musical Instrument
  1. In order to use the event, sound, and costume commands, look at this project in Scratch. Starfish Choir
  2. Click the green flag to play the project.
  3. Click on the sprites to see what this instrument does.
  4. This project uses 11 scripts and 11 sprites and a custom stage to accomplish its goal. Click on the blue See Inside button to look at the scripts the author used to accomplish this task.
  5. Remix this project: change the sounds, change the sprites/costumes

★ Challenge: Create an Interactive Maze
  1. In order to use the motion and sensing commands, look at this project in Scratch. Maze Starter
  2. Click the green flag to play the project.
  3. Play the game. What happens if you run into the wall? What happens when you reach the green box?
  4. This project uses 7 scripts and 2 sprites and a custom stage to accomplish its goal. Click on the blue See Inside button to look at the scripts the author used to accomplish this task.
  5. Remix this project: add more obstacles, create more difficult levels, subtract points for hitting the wall

Here's my remix of this maze. Use your arrow keys to move the orange ball through the maze. Watch out for the walls! Can you find a shortcut? How can you remix the Maze Starter and make it your own?