LESSONS

Check here see lesson overviews and download PDF cheat sheets showing the code we're  working with. 

asteroids

Our COVID Computer Camp wraps up this week with a look at the iconic 1979 arcade title Asteroids. Guide your spaceship through a perilous asteroid field while being hunted by UFOs. Today we'll finish the game by adding alien enemies.

  • Watch PART 1 of this lesson.

  • Watch PART 2 of this lesson.

  • Load Mr. T's WORKING FILE, with all the code we completed in the previous session.

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics and sounds you'll need to make this project.

  • View a PDF CHEAT SHEET with the code you need to make this project.

REMIX CHALLENGE:  Modify the graphics and sound effects, add new levels, and make the game your own! Save your new game to our REMIX ROOM and we'll show the best projects on our live stream, weekdays at 10am Eastern.

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FEATURED LESSON:

Friday June 12, 2020

PART 3

Monday June 8, 2020

HANGMAN

Guess the word before your stick man meets a gruesome fate! It's the classic pencil-and-paper game, brought to life in a fun lesson suitable for intermediate Scratchers.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

Wednesday June 3, 2020

PARALLAX

Parallax is a fun technique that can create the illusion of 3 dimensions in a two-dimensional image. It's a really cool look that can add a little depth to the otherwise static background in platformers and other games. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Create your own cool lip sync animation and share it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

Thursday May 28, 2020

GALAGA

Another classic title from the golden age of arcade games, Galaga is a fast-paced successor to Space Invaders, with enemies that spiral and swirl across the screen before plunging suicidally down onto your ship. This version is loosely based on the 1981 original, but with simplified game mechanics. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify our game with new graphics, sound effects and game play and share it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

Thursday May 21, 2020

DONKEY KONG

By popular demand, we're coding the 1981 arcade classic, which marked the first-ever appearance of Mario. Don't let the gorilla get you over a barrel!

  • Watch PART 1 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 2 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 3 of this lesson

  • Watch PART 4 of this lesson

  • Load the COMPLETED GAME

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics and sound effects we'll be using in this lesson.

  • Download a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the code you need to complete this project.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Add new graphics, rules or levels and save your remixes to our Donkey Kong Remix Room. We'll show the best of them on our daily live stream..

Friday May 15, 2020

IT LIVES!

Today we're revisiting Chromey The Robot, the character we designed in our last lesson, and teaching him to move and speak using coding commands. After that we'll be able to use him to make video games and digital stories.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Save your completed robot into our Build a Robot REMIX ROOM and show us what you've taught it to do! We'll air the best ones on our live stream.

Wednesday May 13, 2020

SCRATCH IN MOTION

We've been studying coding and video editing as separate areas until now, but today we're going to bring it all together and show some cool ways that Scratch and WeVideo can work together to create awesome animations. 

  • WATCH this lesson

  • View a PDF CHEAT SHEET with all the code used in this lesson.

VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a fun video clip that contains animations you made in Scratch OR make a Scratch project that uses video clips. 

Friday May 8, 2020

ROBOT HUNTER

Navigate across a dark and hostile alien environment while being pursued by relentless robotic enemies in this original Scratch sci-fi horror game.

Tuesday May 19, 2020

KICK IT WITH CHROMIE

We're going to finish our look at creating and rigging a character in Scratch by programming Chromie The Robot with some sick moves and letting him kick it on the virtual dance floor.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Enter your character into our ROBOT DANCE competition, and we'll see who has the best moves. You've been SERVED!

Wednesday April 29, 2020

ACTION MOVIE: THE SEQUEL

We're continuing our hands-on exercise in video editing by adding a few more scenes to our kid-friendly action movie. Will the evil villain catch our hero in his web? Will Maya escape her kidnapper? 

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Finish editing Mr. Tomec;s action movie, and we'll show highlights on next Wednesday's stream.

Thursday April 22, 2020

CODE A QUIZ SHOW

Create a multiple choice quiz that you can customize with your own trivia questions,

Tuesday April 21, 2020

ENTER THE RAT

In a four-weeks-of-live-streams special event, bring the original Cat & Mouse game to another level by adding a new enemy type that poisons you when you eat it! ENTRY LEVEL​

Friday April 17, 2020

GRAPHICS AND SOUND

Learn how to bring external images and sounds into Scratch using the Pixlr photo editor and other free Internet resources

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • View links used in this projects

  • Used you your new image and sound files to make a cool Scratch project and share it in our Student Showcase

Wednesday April 15, 2020

LET'S MAKE MOVIES

In this week's WeVideo Wednesday lesson you'll learn about transitions, fades, audio mixing and other intermediate editing skills while practicing with some raw footage

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a funny film clip that shows the secret life of pets. What's actually going on in their furry heads?

Monday April 13, 2020

MEMORY CARD GAME

Code a Memory card game just like ones one you used to play in primary school!

Wednesday April 8, 2020

LET'S MAKE MOVIES

Learn the art of movie making with Mr. T in the first of a series of film editing workshops we're dubbing WeVideo Wednesdays. Joining our class gets you free access to WeVideo, the world's biggest cloud video editing platform.

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make a short film (around one minute) showing ONE THING you're doing to pass the time in lockdown. Every week we'll screen your best productions during our Wednesday live stream.

Friday April 3, 2020

FISHING DERBY

Catch all the fish, but don't accidentally hook a diver in this fun arcade game. Learn how to use Scratch's Pen tool to create an animated fishing line.

Wednesday April 1, 2020

PONG

In today’s lesson, we’re going to remake Pong, The simple, block-based video game from 1972 that inspired thousands of future arcade games. 

Monday March 30, 2020

PLATFORMER

Learn to make a classic Mario-style platform jumping game. Once you make the game engine, you'll be able to easily customize it with new levels!

Wednesday March 25, 2020

SCRATCH PIANO

Unlock Scratch's music engine with this fun DIY Piano project. Design your own user interface using Scratch's drawing tools and customize it to play instrument noises or record your own wacky sound effects.

Monday March 23, 2020

CAT & MOUSE

A great game for beginners to Scratch, Cat & Mouse teaches most of the major coding blocks in Scratch, including loops, variables, and If statements.

Thursday June 4, 2020

BREAKOUT

Another classic from the golden age of arcade games, Breakout is an evolution of Pong where your player bounces a  ball into a wall that disappears, one brick at a time as you try to clear the level.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Modify this game with new graphics, sounds and game play, and save it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

Tuesday June 2, 2020

SCRATCH LIP SYNC

Learn how animators create realistic cartoon dialogue by swapping lip shapes to portray different sounds. In this lesson we'll use a series of mouth animations to build code that will realistically say anything you tell it to.

REMIX CHALLENGE: Create your own cool lip sync animation and share it to our REMIX ROOM. We'll show the best on our daily live stream.

Wednesday May 27, 2020

TIK TOK TECH

Videos shared on Tik Tok come in all flavours, but the popular ones often use clever video editing techniques like double exposures and forced perspective to fool the audience. In today's lesson we're going to explore some fun video editing techniques inspired by Tik Tok videos. 

  • WATCH this lesson

  • REGISTER for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make your own Tik Tok style short video and we'll show it on our next WeVideo Wednesday broadcast..

Wednesday May 20, 2020

FAKE A UFO LANDING

learn how to create realistic looking fake images using Pixlr, an awesome FREE online photo editor that works on any computer.

  • WATCH this lesson

  • Load a STARTER FILE with all the graphics we'll be using in this lesson. Note that this .PXD file format will only open within Pixlr. You cannot view it any other way.

UFO CHALLENGE: Create your own fake UFO landing picture in Pixlr and e-mail it to Chromeworks. We'll show the best work on our daily live stream.

Thursday May 14, 2020

BUILD A ROBOT

We're taking a deeper dive into Scratch's drawing tools today by creating an original robot design. In subsequent lessons we'll animate him into different poses and eventually insert him into Scratch games and stories. 

REMIX CHALLENGE: Save your completed robot into our Build a Robot REMIX ROOM and show your art work off on our live stream

Tuesday May 12, 2020

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

We hope you don't follow Bart Simpson's advice  ("Good ol' Rock, nothing beats that!") when you play against the computer in this high-tech remake of the old schoolyard game. 

Tuesday May 5, 2020

SCREENCASTING

For today's WeVideo tutorial, we're teaching you how to make ... tutorials!! We'll take a look at WeVideo's screencasting functions and some techniques for capturing your screen and your face simultaneously. Practice by working on one of Mr. T's own instructional videos. Now it's YOUR turn to be the teacher! 

  • REGISTER for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Make your own "Stupid Scratch Tricks" video and share it with us, and we'll publish it on our YouTube channel.

Monday May 4, 2020

CODE A FROGGER GAME

Navigate your frog across a perilous highways and over dangerous waters in this remake of the 1981 arcade classic

Friday April 23, 2020

CODE A CLICKER GAME

Learn how to create a Cookie Clicker-style game while you work with Mr. T on COVID Clicker, a game where you madly gather resources to defeat the dreaded coronavirus.

Wednesday April 22, 2020

ACTION!!

Learn to edit video while working on a kid-friendly action movie culled from Mr. T's archives of raw footage. It's all part of WeVideo Wednesday, our weekly diversion into the world of film making.

  • Watch YouTube Replay

  • Register for your free WeVideo account and join our virtual class.

  • VIDEO CHALLENGE: Finish editing Mr. Tomec;s action movie, and we'll show highlights on next Wednesday's stream.

Monday April 20, 2020

PAC MAN: TAMING GHOSTS

We wrap up our look at the Pac Man with a lesson on how to empower ghosts with a simple AI that navigates them through the maze. INTERMEDIATE DIFFICULTY!

Thursday April 16, 2020

PAC MAN

Today we're remaking the 1981 arcade classic. What more is there to say!

Tuesday April 14, 2020

RACING GAME

Make an old-school 2-player arcade car racing game with custom-designed graphics and sounds.

Thursday April 9, 2020

CODE A VIRTUAL PET

Code a virtual dinosaur pet and teach it how to eat, play with toys and growl lovingly when you pet it!

Monday April 6-7, 2020

SPACE INVADERS

Remake the 1978 arcade classic in this Intermediate-level coding lesson.

Thursday April 2, 2020

DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Digital storytelling in Scratch is a technique where you mix sounds, text and movement to make fun little cartoon stories. It's a great tool for creating awesome school projects.

Tuesday March 31, 2020

FUN WITH PENS

The pen is an amazing add-on tool for Scratch that unlocks the software's potential for creating digital art. Learn how to use the Pen by experimenting with Mr. T.

Thursday March 26-27, 2020

SPACE SHOOTER

Use Scratch's cloning commands to create a space-themed shooter game where enemies appear at the edge of the screen and pursue your spaceship. Blast them before they touch you!

Tuesday March 24, 2020

MAGIC 8-BALL

Use list variables to create a magic 8-ball that gives random and occasionally wacky answers to all your deepest questions. 

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