by The LEAD Project
August 2012, 160 pp.
Scratch is the wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time learners in classrooms, libraries, and homes worldwide. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations.
In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They'll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. The book's patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time.
This full-color comic book makes programming concepts like variables, flow control, and subroutines effortless to absorb. Packed with ideas for games that kids will be proud to show off, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! is the perfect first step for the budding programmer.
About the Author
The Learning through Engineering, Art, and Design (LEAD) Project is an educational initiative established to encourage the development of creative thinking through the use of technology. Created by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, the LEAD project promotes hands-on, design-based activities to foster innovation, problem solving skills, and technical literacy.
Check out the Super Scratch Programming Adventure! video
Table of Contents
A Note for Parents and Educators
Stage 1 – Riding A Flare from the Sun
Stage 2 – Entering Deep Space
Stage 3 – Trapped By Mona Lisa’s Smile
Stage 4 – Defend Hong Kong's Technocore
Stage 5 – Penalty Kick In Ipanema
Stage 6 – Race in the Desert
Stage 7 – The Secret Treasure of Giza
Stage 8 – Wizard's Race
Stage 9 – The Final Fight ... In Dark Space
Stage 10 – Epilogue
Bonus Round 1 – Make It, Share It!
"Reveals the power of this deceptively simple programming language . . . A fun way to learn how to program Scratch, even for adults.”
"A great introduction to game design. Kids will start building games from the first page."
"If you think you might have a future programmer on your hands, it's time to introduce your kid to Scratch. . . . Super Scratch Programming Adventure! makes it even easier to get started."
"If you have a kid who plays around with a computer and can read even a little, get this."
"An enjoyable and highly accessible introduction to this technology and the power of computing."
"If you’ve got a child or maybe even a classroom of students who are wanting to make their own games, Scratch is a great option. . . . For structured training that is also entertaining, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! will make a great textbook."
"Walks readers through a series of extremely well-designed game-design projects, each of which introduces a new concept or two to young programmers, providing a gentle learning curve for mastering Scratch’s many powerful features."
"If you’re looking for a way to get your kid interested in programming, and Scratch in particular, I can’t recommend this Scratch book enough."