ScriptCraft

Many coders are very interested in MineCraft and sometimes it’s a challenge to get the kids to code instead of play MineCraft during sessions.  We had heard that some people were doing MineCraft modding sessions and then I found out about ScriptCraft by Walter Higgins, who had attended and mentored at Dojos in Cork City.

ScriptCraft is a Minecraft Mod that lets you extend Minecraft using the Javascript Programming Language. ScriptCraft makes modding Minecraft easier. It includes a logo-like “Drone” object that can be used to build complex buildings, roads, villages, even entire cities. It also includes many other features that make modding Minecraft easier.

Get started at http://scriptcraftjs.org/

The Young Person’s Guide to Programming in Minecraft is a very easy step by step guide to setting up and using ScripCraft.

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Kata – CoderDojo

Kata – CoderDojo.

This is the current ‘Kata’ website where many of the tutorials used in various dojos are gathered together.  This  is going to be replaced shortly, but for now it’s a good place for mentors to go to get ideas and tutorials.  It may also be helpful for parents that want to point their kids in the right direction if they are doing some coding outside the dojo.

App Inventor

One of the benefits of attending #DailDojo was seeing what other Dojo’s are doing. I saw a few kids were working with App Inventor, which like Scratch, has been developed at MIT http://appinventor.mit.edu/ and is very cool!!!

It seems to be very intuitive and after discussing with mentors from other Dojos I think it seems to be a good logical “next step” from Scratch and it would be great to introduce it to Clonakilty CoderDojo when we return in September. Some kids in Clonakilty have been working very well with “GameMaker” and developing some very cool games after moving on from Scratch so I think that our Ninja’s will also really enjoy working with App Inventor.

Creating an App Inventor App begins in your browser where you design how the app will look. Then, like fitting together puzzle pieces, you set your app’s behavior. All the while, through a  live connection between your computer and your phone, your app appears on your phone.

There are lots of resources and tutorials available on the on the App Inventor Tutorials web page.

It’s slightly trickier than Scratch to get started but once set up there is no limit to the types of Apps that may be developed.

So if there are any rainy days (hopefully not too many) in West Cork between now and September and if you or your kids are looking for something cool to do take a look at App Inventor. Let us know how you get on!

“Pac Man” Scratch Tutorial for Clonakilty Dojo 22nd June 2012

pac manThis week the kids will be working on their own ‘Pac Man’ game in Scratch.

Click here to download the tutorial.
Click here to download a template for the game ( to save some time).

Thanks to Margaret for doing such a great job getting these tutorials organised each week.

We will also be working on HTML & CSS in groups based on what the kids have already learned and the areas the kids are most interested working in.

See you Friday!

News from Coder Dojo Clonakilty – We Need Mentors and more!

ImageNeed Mentors Dojos Do!

Due to various events last week we only had one experienced mentor for HTML/CSS.  Brian did a brilliant job, but we need to a get a couple more mentors experienced in HTML/CSS so that we can be sure to have at least 2 every week.  3 a week would even be better.

We would also love to have mentors that are experienced in coding Javascript, Python, etc. for the kids that are ready to move on from Scratch and HTML into making their own games and apps.  Graphic Designers and other those experienced in other areas of IT would also be great mentors.

Tutorial from 8th June 2012

In last Friday’s Dojo in Clonakilty, the kids were working on the Fish Game in Scratch. Click here to download the tutorial as a PDF.

Upcoming Dojo, 15th June 2012

Booking for the next Clonakilty Dojo, 15th June 2012, opens tonight at 6.30pm.  Make sure you book in early as it usually books out within a few hours. Click here to Book via the Eventbrite website.

Thanks to our Supporters

We once again want to thank the Quality Hotel for being very generous with the space on a weekly basis.  We also want to thank the parents that have given extra time to help out and mentor, but especially Trevor who printed out a number of tutorials for us, Fenella who has given the Dojo some extension cords, Pat who is providing a sound system and Darren who has provided some USB keys with necessary programmes already loaded on them. We are lucky to have a great group of parents that got the Dojo going and are making it work so well week after week!