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The MagPi essentials: hacking and making in Minecraft

This resource uses the version of Minecraft that comes pre-installed within the Raspbian operating system for the Raspberry Pi. As such a Raspberry Pi is required to use this e-book. Minecraft: Pi Edition comes with a powerful Application Programming Interface (API), which allows students to hack and make entire...

The MagPi essentials: learn to code with Scratch

In this resource , students can get started and are guided step-by-step through the process of creating all sorts of projects using Scratch including games, animations, quizzes, electronics circuits, and more. Although originally written for the Raspberry Pi all the projects can be ported to other platforms (except...

The Scratch Patch

This introduction to programming in Scratch uses a trivial example to demonstrate simple audio and animation. It is written for Scratch 1.4 but can be easily adapted for later versions. 

The Scratch patch - making a simple game

This practical guide to creating a simple game is aimed at those new to programming with Scratch 1.4 or above. It develops a basic Frogger game and introduces collision detection, a key element of many games.

The Scratch patch - make a Simon game

This game-writing activity using Scratch will bring back youthful memories for some! It provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to recreate the memory game Simon on-screen. It includes reusable game elements such as score keeping and audio generation.

The Scratch patch - physics of a cannon ball

Combining some fundamental physics with trigonometry and computer programming, this guide helps students to create a simulation of the projectile motion of a cannon ball. The concepts are all briefly explained, and the program introduces some clever mathematics as well as game elements, such as collision detection...

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