Coding Projects in Scratch by Jon Woodcock

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Woodcock creates an encouraging platform for beginners, laying solid groundwork for them to pursue more advanced projects.
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A straightforward, visual guide that shows young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language, using fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions.

Kids can animate their favorite characters, build games to play with friends, create silly sound effects, and more with Coding Projects in Scratch. 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

Step-by-step instructions teach essential coding basics and outline 18 fun and exciting projects, including a personalized birthday card; a "tunnel of doom" multiplayer game; a dinosaur dance party animation with flashing lights, music, and dance moves—and much more.

The simple, logical steps in Coding Projects in Scratch are fully illustrated with fun pixel art and build on the basics of coding, so that kids can have the skills to make whatever kind of project they can dream up.

Supporting STEM education initiatives, 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 Jon Woodcock

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Dr. Jon Woodcock has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. 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.

Author Residence: London, UK
Published July 5, 2016 by DK Children. 224 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Children's Books.
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on Jun 24 2017

Woodcock creates an encouraging platform for beginners, laying solid groundwork for them to pursue more advanced projects.

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