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 Scratch2) A coding language3) An instruction4) A program
What does the 'When Green Flag is clicked' command do?1) Tells the computer to start running the code2) Tells the computer to stop running the code3) Tells the computer to pause the code4) Tells the computer to delete the code
Where would you find the command to make your sprite make a noise?1) The sound tab2) The control tab3) The motion tab4) The events tab
Where would you find commands to make the sprite move forwards or backwards?1) The motion tab2) The events tab3) The control tab4) The sound tab
Where would you find the command to make your sprite wait?1) The control tab2) The sound tab3) The events tab4) The motion tab
Why might we want to make a sprite wait?1) To spread out the events in an animation2) To let the computer catch up3) To pause the animation4) To allow us to change the code
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