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Basic Commands micro-lesson

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Coding is a sequence of instructions given to a computer to make it do a specific job. There are many different programming languages. Programmers will use one or more languages to tell a computer what they wanted to do. Programmers working at Google might use C++, Java, or Python and some programming languages use blocks to give the instructions to a computer. Scratch is a programming software that lets you program an animation. Let's have a look at some basic commands. Here are my programming blocks. The computer needs to know that I want it to start running my code. It's like pressing the Go button on your microwave. In Scratch, we can use the When Green Flag is Clicked block under the Event section to start our code. You can then use different commands to control the character which is called a sprite. Under the Motion tab, we can make the sprite move forwards, backwards or turn. In the Sound tab, we can add audio effects to our animation. You can also make the sprite wait if we don't want it to complete a command straight away. This is found under the Control tab. Head over to scratch.mit.edu to explore these commands yourself.

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  • What is a sprite?

    1) A programmable character in Scratch
    2) A coding language
    3) An instruction
    4) A program
  • What does the 'When Green Flag is clicked' command do?

    1) Tells the computer to start running the code
    2) Tells the computer to stop running the code
    3) Tells the computer to pause the code
    4) Tells the computer to delete the code
  • Where would you find the command to make your sprite make a noise?

    1) The sound tab
    2) The control tab
    3) The motion tab
    4) The events tab
  • Where would you find commands to make the sprite move forwards or backwards?

    1) The motion tab
    2) The events tab
    3) The control tab
    4) The sound tab
  • Where would you find the command to make your sprite wait?

    1) The control tab
    2) The sound tab
    3) The events tab
    4) The motion tab
  • Why might we want to make a sprite wait?

    1) To spread out the events in an animation
    2) To let the computer catch up
    3) To pause the animation
    4) To allow us to change the code

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