RUF's "Little Programmers", Class of May 2021

Class code: 9HJEVJQ9

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/rufzoom20

Resources used in this class

Note: If you need any help with your assignment, or if you can't find something, please reach out to us via Whatsapp

Questions? Find some answers on our Little Programmers FAQ page.

Class #20: Wed, Apr 28th, 2021

Assigned Homework (see your Khan Academy account):

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Class #19: Wed, Apr 21st, 2021

Assigned Homework (see your Khan Academy account):

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Class #18: Wed, Apr 14th, 2021

Assigned Homework (see your Khan Academy account):

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Class #17: Wed, Apr 7th, 2021

We're now working on the THIRD level of our game. Today, we introduced the concept of arrays, and we added an animated character to our game. Checkout the last version!

Assigned Homework (see your Khan Academy account):

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Class #16: Wed, Mar 31st, 2021

We loved our last class! We got to improve our code, add a new "enemy" that bounces around, all using "IF" statements, while changing the speed (direction) of the moving enemy. That is so cool!

Don't forget to check out the shared Khan Academy account for the newest version of our game (cleaned up a little bit by Eli, thank you Eli!). And of course, your homework. We have decided to re-assign some of the challenges from last time since we know not everyone has had the chance to finish them and we feel they are really important (the "IF" statement is very important in programming).

Assigned Homework (see your Khan Academy account):

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Class #15: Wed, Mar 24th, 2021

We are making progress. We got to if-statements. They were explained and exemplified and class, and we will continue to talk about them for a little while. Please make sure you get fully comfortable with if-statements, they are probably the most important building block in programming.

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Class #14: Wed, Mar 17th, 2021

Homework for Mar 17th

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Class #13: Wed, Mar 10th, 2021

We learned about "For Loops" today! These are super fun, we can tell the computer to do something over, and over, in a loop, many, many times.

In this program, we saw how we can draw a bunch of trees very easily, using for loops: Row of Trees

We also fixed a lot of small bugs with our previous version of the game, mostly around the bullets, we added vertical movement, and fixed other small glitches related to the enemy: Intergalactic Shooters V2


Class #12: Wed, March 3rd, 2021

We've released version #2 of our GAME, which we baptized Intergalactic Shooters! Yoohoo!! Super Awesome! Nice job to every one who contributed so far, esp. today Ella, Dan and Luca

Check out our game here, and watch a video of our March 3rd class for more details. 

https://www.khanacademy.org/computer-programming/intergalactic-shooters-is-v2/6586004848197632

FUN HOMEWORK ALERT: draw/design your favorite cartoon character (Kirby, Pinocchio, Tweety, Mickey Mouse, or even Bart Simpson) or the Rocket Ship/enemies we need for our Galaga game.

Alright, we spent a little time learning extra drawing functions this class: more specifically, curveVertex, beginShape, and endShape. We also looked at how we use rotations to rotate a shape (such as an ellipse). The commands involved in rotating functions are: pushMatrix, popMatrix, and rotate. They can all be found in the documentation section.

We are now ready to draw fancier shapes (such as Kirby for example).

Note: aside from creating your own character, there is no assigned homework on Khan Academy for Wed, Feb 27th. Remember though, working through your homework is very important. If you haven't had the chance to complete the homework for today, please make sure you make time to watch the videos and do the assignments we assigned for our last class. As usual, our TAs will be available at 4:30PM CST next Tuesday for you.

One more thing, for this class, we thought we would share with you (for inspiration), version 1 of "Kirby's Adventures". Here it is: https://www.khanacademy.org/computer-programming/kirbys-adventure-v1/6541348801757184

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Class #11: Wed, Feb 24th, 2021

Moving onto functions. This is starting to get a "liiittle" complicated, but don't worry, we've got your back. Functions are fun. We can use them like stamps. You "call" a function over and over, and the code inside gets repeated as many times as you want. Functions are very powerful, and we will use them over and over in our game.

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Class #10: Wed, Feb 17th, 2021

Diving down deeper into variables. You will use these ALL THE TIME! Variables allow us to move our characters in our game and design the game levels. So don't miss this homework, and if you did not do the last one, please go back and review it. 

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Class #9: Wed, Feb 10th, 2021

MOUSE and KEYBOARD interactions. We're getting closer to creating our game. Now we are learning how to control a computer program using our mouse and keyboard.

Homework is key, please make sure you always do your homework before coming to class. If you need help, our Teaching Assistants will be available for you on zoom on Tuesday, 4:30-5:00 PM

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Class #8: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2021

ANIMATIONS rule! This is cool stuff boys and girls ;)

If you haven't done your homework last time, please make sure you go back and review all of them.

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Class #8: Wed, Jan 27th, 2021

Homework

We are starting ANIMATIONS! Assigned homework:

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Class #7: Wed, Jan 20th, 2021

The sixth level of our Kirby Game has been released.

Note: If you need any help with your assignment, or if you can't find something, please reach out to us via Whatsapp

Homework

Variables review and challenges:

Extra homework

Using variables for the x and y coordinates:

  • Draw a Pacman
  • Draw a Ghost

You can use this website for inspiration. Next class, we will learn how to draw and animate these characters.

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Class #6: Wed, Jan 13th, 2021

The sixth level of our Kirby Game has been released.

Note:

  • If you need any help with your assignment, or if you can't find something, please reach out to us via Whatsapp

Homework

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Class #5: Wed, Jan 6th, 2021

Note: There will be no class on Dec 23rd and Dec 30th. Happy Holidays!!! See you next year :)

The fifth level of our Kirby Game has been released.

Updates:

  • Click here to start a new project on Khan Academy
  • New students were added to the roster and homework was assigned
  • If you need any help with your assignment, or if you can't find something, please reach out to us via Whatsapp

Homework

  • Homework is optional: Draw, color, and decorate a beautiful Christmas Tree. Review previous assignments.

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Class #4: Wed, Dec 16th, 2020

Note: There will be no class on Dec 23rd and Dec 30th. Classes restart on Jan 6th, 2021

The fourth level of our Kirby Game has been released, we hope you like our Goombas :) 

Homework

Login to khanacademy.org website. Learn colors and shapes, learn about documenting your code, and cook something for dinner!

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Class #3: Wed, Dec 9th, 2020

Homework

Login to khanacademy.org website. Create your first snowman! Enjoy :)

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Class #2: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2020

Homework

Login to khanacademy.org website. Review carefully what we watched/read in class. Watch "Number scrubbing"

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Class #1: Nov 25th, 2020

Homework

Find and open the khanacademy.org website.

Invite your friends to join our class, after watching our videos

 

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Videos from our previous class