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Scratch 3 Programming Playground: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games

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A project-filled introduction to coding that shows kids how to build programs by making cool games.

Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners worldwide. Scratch 3 features an updated interface, new programming blocks, and the ability to run on tablets and smartphones, so you can learn how to code on the go.

In Scratch 3 Programming Playground, you'll learn to code by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit! Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions with full-color images, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own. Want to add more levels or a cheat code? No problem, just write some code.

You'll learn to make games like:
• Maze Runner: escape the maze!
• Snaaaaaake: gobble apples and avoid your own tail
• Asteroid Breaker: smash space rocks
• Fruit Slicer: a Fruit Ninja clone
• Brick Breaker: a remake of Breakout, the brick-breaking classic
• Platformer: a game inspired by Super Mario Bros

Learning how to program shouldn't be dry and dreary. With Scratch 3 Programming Playground, you'll make a game of it!

Covers: Scratch 3

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Al Sweigart




No Starch Press

Recommended Ages:

10 - 13 years


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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

“An impressive manual for achieving Scratch programming mastery and creating genuinely entertaining games.”
-- Kirkus Reviews

“My son was able to successfully complete each game he attempted. And along the way, he gained some excellent programming skills. I also really appreciated the character lessons he learned (patience and perseverance, not to mention goal-setting). These were a great by-product of Scratch programming!”
-- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“The book is well written, full of humor and puns, and the explanations of how things work are good.”
-- I Programmer

“I’m quite impressed with exactly how much of the Scratch programming tool the reader will have used and learned by the end of the book, and I think teachers and parents will find this a 5-star reference.”
-- Jim Kelly, GeekDad

“If you are looking for the next thing for your Minecraft-loving kids and haven’t tried Scratch, the Scratch Programming Playground book is a great guide to teach kids how to program by making cool games.”
-- Tech Savvy Mama

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