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.
Welcome storytellers and computer scientists to day 7 of CS First Storytelling!
Today you’ll build a personal narrative that incorporates many of the computer science concepts you’ve learned throughout CS First. A personal narrative is a story about yourself.
Typically, personal narratives are stories about true events that happened in a person’s life, but you can also use fictional elements in today’s project.
In previous clubs, you were introduced to a concept and guided through some coding.
Today’s project is a little different. Rather than being guided through the coding, you will explore Scratch on your own and incorporate everything you’ve learned so far.
To create your story, choose one of three premises: My perfect day... My life if I were famous… If I had a superpower... Once you’ve chosen a premise, consider these questions before you start programming: Where is the setting for your story? If your superpower is to talk to animals, where might you find animals?
What are the main events in your story’s plot? What happens to you during your perfect day? How will your story end? Is there a problem that must be resolved? Do you learn something? Now, it’s your turn. Choose one of the story premises listed on this page. Then click the link next to this video to open Scratch and begin programming your story. Consider the following questions: Where is the setting for your story? What are the major plot events in your story?
How will your story end? If you’re having a difficult time coming up with ideas for your story, that’s okay. Sometimes it’s helpful to just start coding, and see where your ideas take you. You can also try mapping out your ideas on paper.