Scratch Programming Playground

29 December 4:00 am
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Scratch Programming Playground – Learn to Program by Making Cool Games!

Learning how to program doesn’t have to be dry and dreary. With the latest release from No Starch Press, young readers can make a game of it.  Scratch Programming Playground is a project-packed guide to making fun games using the world’s most popular programming language for beginners.

Scratch is a colorful drag-and-drop programming language (designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab) in which users connect blocks of code to create interactive stories, games, and animations. Coding with Scratch is intuitive, versatile, and perfectly suited for visual learners, making it an excellent first step for aspiring programmers.

In Scratch Programming Playground, readers follow step-by-step directions to make familiar games like Fruit Slicer, Asteroids, Snake, and even a game inspired by Super Mario Bros. By combining colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts, like loops, strings, and variables, without having to master the cryptic syntaxes found in most programming languages. Every chapter includes review questions to reinforce the discussed concepts and extra coding challenges to level up each game and extend the lesson even further.

Scratch Programming Playground is a fun introduction to coding that’s perfect for kids who love playing games and the parent or teacher looking to translate that passion to coding. You might want to give it a try!

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