Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Dance Party

Coding in Scratch is just like directing a dance routine - there are characters (sprites), costume changes, music and a vision to execute.  Over the next few lessons, you will work to plan and create a dance routine project in Scratch. As with any good performance, you need to plan your routine and warm-up before you take to the stage.  Here are a few activities to get you started.

  Activity  1 -  Flowcharts (planning) In your pairs:
  1. Watch one (1) of 4  dance videos (dance 1, dance 2, dance 3 and dance 4)
  2. Create a flowchart to break down the routine into a sequence of moves that will teach another pair your routine
  3. Give your flowchart to another pair
  4. Follow the instructions on the flowchart given to you to re-enact the dance routine
You can use an online visual tool or an an app of your choice or a piece of paper to create your flowchart.

Activity 2 - Costume changes  (animation) To animate sprites in Scratch, you need to sequence a series of costume changes. Refer to the How to Animation in the Tips section of Scratch Editor.
  1. Choose a sprite (an animal is good)
  2. Add a different costume
  3. Add blocks to make your sprite come to life
Can you make your sprite move faster? slower? in a different direction? upside down? Can you keep your sprite on the stage? Can you make your own sprite and costume changes?

Activity 3 -  Build-A-Band (sound) Add music and sounds to your project by coordinating your sprites with sounds. Refer to the Step-by-Step guide to Make Music or the How to Music in the Tips section of Scratch Editor.
  1. Choose a sprite (an instrument is good)
  2. Add a sound block
  3. Experiment to make your sprite make some noise
  4. Repeat for two different sprites
Can you coordinate a number of different sprites so that they play a short piece of music?  HINT:  It might be a good idea to create multiple events (one for each sprite) rather than trying to make one large event or sequence of code.

Project 2 - Dance Party Your task is to plan and create a Dance Party project in Scratch using the elements that you've now explored.  Your completed Dance Party Project will include:
  • a flowchart showing your planning (sequence of events)
  • at least 1 animated sprite - try making a sprite of your own
  • some coordinated sound and/or music effects
Once you have created your Dance Party project:
  1. Save, share and embed your project in your blog
  2. Add your project to the STCC Year 9 2016 studio   
  3. Post a reflection to your blog responding to the following prompts:
    • What was the hardest part of this project?  How did you overcome this?
    • What is something that you still want to figure out?
    • How did you give credit for ideas, music or code that you've used in your project?

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