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Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps Paperback – 31 Aug 2016
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Review by techagekids.com
Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps is an awesome book. The projects are really impressive. This is a fairly advanced Scratch book. A lot of children now learn Scratch at school and some are ready for something a bit more advanced at home where they have more time available and a bit of support. I tried out the book with my 9-year-old who has quite a bit of Scratch experience but is more of a tinkerer than an instruction follower! However, he was drawn to the book because it's packed with neat techniques that he'll be able to apply if he takes the time to learn them.
The projects, especially the later ones, are very meaty. There's lots of code to work through and kids need to really pay attention to instructions. The level of difficulty was about right for my son though he found the volume of code quite daunting at first.
Detailed InstructionsThe majority of the book gives detailed instructions on exactly what code to enter. This means that kids can create quite impressive projects. Some children won't understand everything they are entering, but that's okay, they'll pick up more over time. My 9-year-old found some of the Scratch blocks quite hard to focus on in the print edition (they're not all the same size.) I helped him keep track of where he was by reading out instructions and he was fine. It is a lot of information to take in. That's not a bad thing, following detailed instructions carefully is a great skill to have.
My favourite thing about the book is that it spends lots of time on creating graphics using the paint tool in Scratch. This is something I always try to encourage. In my experience young kids are very happy to experiment with the paint tool and create their own sprites and backgrounds. Then somewhere around age 9 they start to think that the graphics they can create are rubbish and just want to use images they can find online. It's important to teach kids digital arts skills so that they do have the skill to create graphics that they think are good enough. Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps spends lots of time on these skills which is fantastic.
The printed edition of the book comes with a pair of 3D glasses because some of the projects involve creating 3D effects. This is a great idea and instantly appealed to my son.
Although the book is recently published it refers to Scratch 1.4 on the Raspberry Pi. Scratch 2 is now available on the Pi so you don't have to use Scratch 1.4. Some projects say that they can't be completed on the Pi but they can (except on older models.) Technology does keep moving on! At the moment there's no support for programmatically taking photos on the Pi in Scratch 2 (I hope it gets added) and one of the projects does use that feature so you'll still need Scratch 1.4 on the Pi for that one. The book also includes a taster of Scratch Jr. I guess this is so younger siblings can join in.
Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps by Sean McManus is a fantastic book for more experienced scratchers. The steps are fairly easy, but there are a lot of them! Kids will need to invest quite a bit of time to work through all the projects which makes the book good value. I often say that there's no hurry to move children on to text-based programming languages. Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps is a great way to keep kids on the Scratch platform for longer. You know those really amazing Scratch projects that kids are always in awe of? This book is a great step towards learning the skills that are needed to be able to develop projects like that.--http://www.techagekids.com/2017/11/cool-scratch-projects-in-easy-steps.html
About the Author
Sean McManus writes inspiring books about business and technology. His books include Scratch Programming in easy steps and Web Design in easy steps and he has written for magazines including The MagPi, Raspberry Pi Geek and Internet Magazine. Sean is also a Code Club volunteer.
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Whilst the book is easy to read from cover to cover the chapters are also full of easy to use information that can be incorporated into the reader's own projects. It also includes suggestions for how the reader can extend their own projects by considering how a project could be improved through adding a score board or enhanced sound effects.
A highly comprehensive book suitable for all and a perfect complement to Scratch Programming in easy steps: Covers Versions 2.0 and 1.4 . Highly recommended even those with little to no programming experience.
I liked the fact that the book contains clear and easy to understand instructions, with a lot of creative projects and ideas. It is a great gift for anyone wishing to expand their Scratch know-how, and offers lots of opportunities for readers to stretch their own ability and get imaginative. I found the book to be a good stepping-stone for any aspiring computer programmer as almost all of the logic can be applied to most industry level languages. I also really loved the 3D projects and 3D glasses as they introduced me to a whole new area of computing that I had never really explored before.
The content is really engaging. Even if you have never created any computer games before, you really feel it's within your reach!
The author turned the technical language into something fun to read and easy to understand.
I liked the use of friendly icons to give tips, remind of essential points and warn the reader about technical intricacies.
I also liked the very colorful typography and the print shots/images in color to illustrate the different steps.
The idea of 3D computer games and projects using 3D glasses makes it all even more interesting and challenging!
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