Project Level: Beginner I
In this project, students will begin with selecting a cartoon character and make a simple animated gif by adding decorations (e.g., Puss in Moon Boots flying through space), and end with cartoon gifs that do whatever they want. This project uses drag and drop programming via MadeWithCode and Scratch. The drag and drop code is Google’s Blockly, and the Scratch initiative was developed by MIT. The session will start with an introduction to programming during which students will make a basic four frame animation using the MadeWithCode gif project. This will establish the concepts of order of execution (when you want different things to happen) and parameter setting (e.g., assigning color and size). We will then move on to basic programming concepts such as if, then statements, for loops, and variable creation by making a highly customizable animation in Scratch.
Technologies to be Learned:
- Parameter setting
- If, then statements
- For loops
- A laptop computer with a flash enabled browser (preferably Chrome)
Code Repository: https://www.madewithcode.com/projects/gif