Scratch Programming for Teens

ISBN-10: 1598635360

ISBN-13: 9781598635362

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jerry Lee Ford

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Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people develop 21st century learning skills its graphical interface and ease-of-use actually make learning mathematical, computational, and design concepts fun. It can be downloaded for free for both Windows and Mac, and is being used in a wide variety of in-school and after-school settings around the world. Scratch Programming for Teens is the first book on this exciting new programming language that has the potential to get millions of young people interested in programming and computing. It teaches fundamental programming principles using the Scratch development platform, which will give the reader a wide view of the programming landscape and its many possibilities.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Course Technology
Publication date: 6/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 19 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Jerry is also the author or co-author of 28 other books including Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft WSH and VBScript programming for the Absolute Beginner, and Microsoft Windows Shell Script Programming for the Absolute Beginner. He has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in Information Technology. He lives in Hanover, Virginia with his wife, Mary, and their children Alexander, William, and Molly.

Introduction
Scratch Basics
Introducing Scratch
Getting Comfortable with the Scratch Development Environment
A Review of the Basic Components of Scratch Projects
Mr. Wiggly's Dance: A Quick Scratch Project
Learning How to Write Scratch Programs
Moving Things Around
Sensing Sprite Position and Controlling Environmental Settings
Storing and Retrieving Data
Doing a Little Math
Conditional and Repetitive Logic
Changing the Way Sprites Look and Behave
Spicing things Up with Sounds
Drawing Lines and Shapes
Advanced Topics
Sharing Your Scratch Projects over the Internet
Collecting External Input Using a Scratch Board
Finding and Fixing Program Errors
Appendices
What's on the Companion CD?
What Next?
Glossary
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