Coding Games in Scratch (Paperback)

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This book is the easiest and fastest way to get kids making their own computer games. It uses SCRATCH, a visual coding language (think draging and dropping code images instead of copying and pasting or tying out passages of code text) developed by MIT to get people started with coding (and the kinds of logic and thinking programmers use) in a way that it is easy to share your creations. Scratch is completely free, and can be used online (no downloads) or downloaded to be used offline. This book has the best layout and clearest instructions of the Scratch books for kids, and walks them through very quickly running a handful of different types of games. Best, it encourages kids to mess around and try different things to find ways to make new outcomes.

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Written for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide uses fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions to show young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.

With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. All they need is a desktop or laptop with Adobe 10.2 or later, and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0. Coding can be done without download on

Essential coding concepts are explained using eight build-along game projects that guide young coders step-by-step, using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art. The book teaches important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas, all while creating games to play with their friends.

Supporting STEM education initiatives and the maker movement, computer coding teaches kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically, and is quickly becoming a necessary and sought-after skill. DK's computer coding books are full of fun exercises with step-by-step guidance, making them the perfect introductory tools for building vital skills in computer programming.

About the Author

Dr. Jon Woodcock has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Computational Astrophysics from the University of London. He started coding at the age of eight and has programmed all kinds of computers from single-chip microcontrollers to world-class supercomputers. His many projects include giant space simulations, research in high-tech companies, and intelligent robots made from junk. Jon has a passion for science and technology education, giving talks on space and running computer programming clubs in schools. He has worked on numerous science and technology books as a contributor and consultant, including DK's How Cool Stuff Works and Help Your Kids with Computer Coding.

Praise For…

"An absolutely wonderful introduction to programming games." — Kirkus Reviews

"…clear instructions and plenty of images that make coding just about foolproof." — Booklist

"A great resource that pushes Scratch to the limits of its use and entertainment." — School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781465439352
ISBN-10: 1465439358
Publisher: DK Children
Publication Date: December 1st, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Help Your Kids