Kodable Progress

After about seven sessions, this is the progress for a group alternate assessment 7/8 graders working on Kodable. The plan is to continue with this program for another 3-4 weeks, then switch to 3D deisgn using Tinkercad and handheld printers.

Scratch Spiral Randomizer!?

This variation to the scratch spiralizer script creates a random spiral.

Instead of putting a whole number in the blue “turn ___  degrees” block on the bottom of the first script,

I added a green Operator block.

In the first oval I added a Sensing block called “timer” and in the second oval I put the number 1. There is a * (multiplication) operation between the numbers.

This is the block I added:

I did not invent this unusual script. I copied it from a scratch discussion board.

Anyway, it TOTALLY randomizes an already awesome animation.

If you understand why it does what it does, please explain it in the comments below.

Scratch Spiralizer with Students

The last period class on Mondays is in many ways my favorite. They are young yet mature. When I want to use a group of students for guinea pigs, they are my go-to’s. We have done chrome music lab, mathigon’s polypad, online robots, code & go mouse robots, scratch jr. (the “unofficial” desktop software version), and now the online version of scratch.

Here is a (speeded-up) sampling of student work on the spiralizer, which is just about the coolest introduction to scratch there is. (click to see video)

Here is the script for spiralizer:

March 2022