In Storytelling, students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
In Friends, students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
In Fashion & Design, students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
In Art, students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
In Social Media, students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
In Music & Sound, students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
In Game Design, students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Students create fun and complex animated projects. This is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes.
In this sample activity students animate an ocean wave to create a setting, then tell a story that takes place on the high seas.
In this sample activity students tell a story using the characters from Cartoon Network’s "The Amazing World of Gumball."
Be a designer and programmer – bring the Google logo to life using code.
In this video, you’ll create a program in which a character describes five things about your friendship.
If you haven’t already found someone to create your project for, get your guru’s attention, and ask about working with another student.
Each friend should create their own project for this activity.
To start, click on the "5 Things About Us Starter Project" link next to this video.
This will open Scratch in a new tab in your browser.
Then click the "Remix" button in the upper right corner.
Sign in to Scratch using the sign-in information from your CS First passport.
Next, choose an android to represent you.
Click the costumes tab, and select an android.
Then, program this android to describe something about you and your friend.
Click the scripts tab, then the looks menu, and drag out a "say for two seconds” block.
Click the block to test it.
Type in this block, "My friend and I have 5 things in common..."
Next, add another "say for 2 seconds" block and type the first description of your friendship.
You might want to talk about: How you met, Common interests and hobbies, like sports, television, music, or what makes this person a good friend.
Click this block to run it!
The android sprite talks about your friendship.
Next, continue to describe your friendship with as many “say” blocks as you like!
Share what you’re writing with your friend as you create, or wait until it’s done to reveal it.
It’s up to you!
Once you have a list of "say for 2 seconds" blocks describing your friendship, add a “when flag clicked block” from the events menu to run this code stack when the flag is clicked.
Click the flag to test.
Awesome! Now, it’s your turn: Click the starter project link next to this video.
Click remix, and sign in using the information from your passport.
Use “say for 2 seconds” blocks to describe your friendship.
Add a “when flag clicked” block to run the code.
Before moving on to the add-ons, take a moment to make sure you are signed in to the CS First If you are not signed in, you won’t receive a digital badge for completing this activity, so be sure to sign in!