A Little Learning | Online Coding Lessons

Useful coding words explained:

  • Loop
  • Selection
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  • Code scripts to control each sprite (character) in the game
  • Use variables to keep count in our game. We’ll add timers, scores and lives!

The different areas of Scratch 3:

  • Stage area
  • Stage pane
  • Code or script area
  • Costume tab
  • Costume pane
  • Paint editor
  • Code tab
  • Block palette or pane
  • Sounds tab
  • Sounds pane
  • Sounds editor

Saving/Downloading Your Work

I recommend using the Chrome browser with Scratch when possible for the best experience and similar load and save steps as those listed below

  • From the top left of the screen click on “File”
  • From there click on “Save to your computer”
  • Chrome should download automatically to your downloads folder and appear at the bottom of your screen
  • From here you can click on the small upside down “V” and click on “Show in folder”
  • The file you just saved should be at the top of the screen. Right click on it and choose “Rename”
  • Give it a name that will make sense to you another day. What is the project, what does your program do, which sprites did you use? This is very important if you have to search the computer for your work using the search box

Opening/Loading Your Work

I recommend using the Chrome browser with Scratch when possible for the best experience and similar load and save steps as those listed below

  • From the top left of the screen click on “File”
  • From there click on “Load from your computer”
  • Chrome should open up a file choosing box
  • Choose the downloads folder on the left
  • Find the file that you want to open and work on
  • If you don’t see it straight away use the search box in the top right. This is why good naming of your work is so important!