Animation with Scratch

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Scratch, the introductory programming language developed at MIT, is ideal for learning to create your own animations! In Scratch, animations are created by making your sprites change costumes in slow succession. Because programming in Scratch is visual, it is easy to compose just a few blocks to create compelling animations! You can use the numerous in-built sprites (people, animals, birds) to create your animations or you can create your own characters. This course teaches you how! It walks you through the topics of animation, cloning characters, and having your characters conduct conversations with each other. This course is also the foundation to our more advanced Games with Scratch course.

What you need to know

Familiarity with the Scratch programming environment (sprites, backdrops, and blocks) is required as well as an understanding of basic Scratch blocks for movement and drawing. The Scratch Programming course is the pre-requisite for this course and covers all necessary background.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you would have mastered:
  • Costumes in Sprites
  • Cloning characters
  • Creating your own sprites and costumes
  • Using the bounce command
  • Making sprites converse with each other
  • Making sprites converse with the user
  • Designing complex animations
  • Creating back-and-forth conversations

System Requirements

We will be using Scratch Version 2.0 which is free and runs on a browser, so no separate installation is required. You will need:
  1. A desktop computer or laptop running Windows. Mac, or Linux (an iPad will not work)
  1. A web browser: Google Chrome (Version 35 or later), Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 9 or later), or Mozilla Firefox (Version 31 or later). Make sure in your browser’s security preferences, you allow Adobe Flash Player to work when visiting the Scratch website.

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