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YES Club Scratch Resources

For our third week of YES Club – the Science of the Avengers, we created an Infinity War computer game.

The game is actually a modification of a tutorial game found in the book “Coding Games in Scratch“. We followed the tutorial and modified the game to make it new – with an Avenger theme.

Some resources are provided below for students who would like to recreate the game at home, make other modifications, or learn more about Scratch.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

“Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”

Scratch is FREE! But if you would like to save or share your work, you will need to sign up for an account. 

Use Scratch online, or Download Scratch to use on your computer. (Note: If you want to use the offline version, you will first need to download Adobe AIR. Details are on the linked page.)

Scratch Jr (Ages 5-7)

If you would like something easier, check out the Scratch Jr. app for mobile devices.  You are not able to do as much or make as fancy games, but it is a great starter app for young students to learn programming concepts.

There is a great Learn page here to help you get started, including a description of all the blocks.

Building the Quidditch Chase Game from Class

In 2018’s Harry Potter Science Semester, we created a Quidditch game. More specifically, we created a Quidditch COMPUTER GAME.

The game is actually a modification of a tutorial game found in the book “Coding Games in Scratch“. We followed the tutorial and modified the game to make it new – with a Harry Potter theme.

Some resources are provided below for students who would like to recreate the game at home, make other modifications, or learn more about Scratch.

If your student did not have a way to login to Scratch (most did not), they were not able to save their work.  If you want to do more at home, you can either rebuild it or start from a finished copy and “Remix” it…

Start Over at Home

I have scanned the instructions in this PDF: Star Hunter Game – Instructions

If you would like to modify or “remix” the game into a Harry Potter theme, use these extra steps: Harry Potter Quidditch Mod Instructions

NOTE: To complete the Harry Potter mod, you will need some additional files (sound, characters and backdrops). I have provided those in a Dropbox folder.

Remix Instead

If you don’t want to start over from “scratch”, a great feature of Scratch is that you can go into a game already completed and simply “remix” or modify it.

I have saved both versions of our game on line. Search for Octopus Chase (for the Star Hunter game) or YES Club – Quidditch Chase for the Harry Potter one. You can click “See Inside” to get to the code and modify it to be your own. You can do this with any game that is shared on the Scratch community.

Stay tuned for more challenges with our Scratch games!

In the coming days, I will add resources and ideas for adding mods to our games – like:

  • adding the ability to have “lives” for Harry
  • control Harry’s movements with the arrow keys rather than a mouse
  • be able to choose from 2 or 3 different background sounds – or mute!

I will also add ideas for new games.

Other Resources

Learning Programming and Game Design

This web page, offered by Villanova University, lists LOTS of resources for anyone interested in learning more about computer programming and game building.

Visit the site

Special thanks to Kathy and Noah at the Salt Lake City Children’s Network  for sharing this resource!

Don’t forget to share your games too! We would love to see them.

Other Resources

A Beginner’s Guide to Coding and Programming

Interested to learn more about coding or to find other tools beyond Scratch for exploring in?

This page contains a description of what coding is and provides several links other game-building sites, tools for playing with – and even courses to learn more.  The page is built by Praxent, a software company based in Austen, TX with a passion for building innovative software solutions.

Visit the site

HTML Tutorials & Training Resources

Are you interested in learning how HTML and CSS styles are used to create websites. Check out this collection of resources!

Visit the site

Other Resources

Special thanks to Stacey Martin and the Lyndhurst STEM Club for Girls for sharing this resource!