Cartoon Coders (K-1st grade)
• Grades: 1 - 2
Code your own animated cartoons! In Cartoon Coders, students will use ScratchJr., a kid-friendly, “drag and drop” coding software for tablets, to design and build fun cartoon scenes and skits; complete with custom art and sound effects. As they complete their projects, students will be introduced to the basics of computer programming and explore concepts like functions, loops, events, and more.
21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Creativity, Problem Solving, Initiative, Emotion Management, Collaboration, Communication. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.
As an introductory project, students will create a simple animated scene with two or more characters moving, dancing, singing, chatting, or anything else they can think of.
To complete their project, students will explore many of the core coding blocks in ScratchJr, including “Move”, “Rotate”, “Speak”, “Play Sound”, and more. Students will practice timing their actions and using different event types to trigger the characters’ actions.
Navigate a Maze
Students will draw a maze and then program a character in ScratchJr. to navigate its way through it.
Students will learn how to use the art editor in ScratchJr. to draw custom character images and level backgrounds. Students will also practice using the motion controls in a more precise manor, in order to safely navigate the maze.
Create Your Own Story
Near the end of the week, campers will be challenged to invent a totally original cartoon scene or story!
Students will build their coding, artistic and story-writing skills as they design and build an original ScratchJr. project.