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Learn to program by making arcade games
Gabriel Ford, Sadie Ford, Melissa Ford
  • October 2017
  • ISBN 9781617294259
  • 384 pages

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Hello, Scratch! is a how-to book that helps parents and kids work together to learn programming skills by creating new versions of old retro-style arcade games with Scratch.

about the technology

Can 8-year-olds write computer programs? You bet they can! In Scratch, young coders use colorful blocks and a rich graphical environment to create programs. They can easily explore ideas like input and output, looping, branching, and conditionals. Scratch is a kid-friendly language created by MIT that is a safe and fun way to begin thinking like a programmer, without the complexity of a traditional programming language.

about the book

Hello Scratch! guides young readers through five exciting games to help them take their first steps in programming. They'll experiment with key ideas about how a computer program works and enjoy the satisfaction of immediate success. These carefully designed projects give readers plenty of room to explore by imagining, tinkering, and personalizing as they learn.

what's inside

  • Learn by experimentation
  • Learn to think like a programmer
  • Build five exciting, retro-style games
  • Visualize the organization of a program

about the reader

Written for kids 8-14. Perfect for independent learning or working with a parent or teacher.

about the authors

Kids know how kids learn. Sadie and Gabriel Ford, 12-year-old twins and a formidable art and coding team, wrote this book with editing help from their mother, author Melissa Ford!

Brilliant writing on the art and science of game making using Scratch! Applicable to anyone new to game development...solid examples throughout the book.

Peter Lawrence, SAS

Very well written. There were so many things to learn, I wished there had been more chapters in the book!

Khaled Tannir, dataXper

A great book for learning how to program your own games while enjoying quality family time with your kids.

Gonzalo Huerta-Canepa, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez

An excellent guide through the world of Scratch.

Karim Alkama, student

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