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 add-on, you will write and program a song to accompany your Time Lapse project.
To begin, click the sound menu.
There are many blocks in the sound menu that you can use to write a song, but this example will use a series of “play note for” blocks.
Drag out and snap together four “play note for” blocks.
Many popular songs are written in what’s called 4/4 time.
Using four “play note for” blocks will give your song a familiar rhythm.
Click it to try it out.
Experiment with a few different note values.
Using different notes will change the melody of your song.
Once you have a melody that you like, use a forever loop to make the melody repeat.
When two notes are played at the same time, it makes a chord.
You can make two notes play at the same time by starting another block stack.
Right click this block stack, and select “duplicate.”
Then, change the notes in this block stack as well.
If you test it out, you’ll notice that the two block stacks aren’t running at the same time.
Add a “when flag clicked” event to each, so they both start when the flag is clicked.
Continue to add as many sounds to your song as you’d like.
Experiment with the “play drum” blocks to find out what kind of song you can compose.
Now it’s your turn.
Add four “play note” blocks and change the note blocks until you have a melody you like.
Then, add a forever loop.
Right click and duplicate the block stack.
Finally, add two “when flag clicked” blocks to sync the loops.
Experiment with different sounds to make your song your own!