Lesson Plan

Lesson: Make Games - 2-Player Battle Game
Time: 45+ mins

Introduction

Game on! In this lesson, campers will apply what they've learned so far to create a 2-player game where two players can battle each other on the Stage.

Equipment/Materials

  • Computer, laptop, or tablets (1 per camper)

New Code Blocks

  • : Run the code attached to this block when the Play button is clicked.
  • : Make the Actor disappear from the Stage.
  • : Make the Actor appear on the screen.
  • : Keep repeating the blocks inside this loop forever.
  • : If the condition is true, then run the code inside the block.
  • : Make the Actor repeat this loop until a true or false (boolean value) determines when the block should stop repeating the code inside it.
  • : Repeat blocks inside this loop a specified number of times.
  • : Pause the current script until the parameter condition is true.
  • : Play the specified sound file.
  • : Set the position of an Actor to the potion of the parameter (e.g., mouse-pointer, touch location).
  • : Point the Actor at the specified degree.

Vocabulary

  • Coding: Using a computer language to tell the computer what to do
  • Sequence: The order in which steps or events happen
  • Actors: Tynker characters and objects that can talk and interact with each other
  • Command: A specific action or instruction that tells the computer to do something
  • Stage: The background of the project where the Actors are placed
  • Loop: An action that repeats one or more commands a specific number of times
  • Infinite loop: A loop that repeats forever and does not end until the program stops
  • Condition: A logical expression that evaluates to true or false
  • Conditional statement: A type of statement that executes different parts of the code based on whether a logical expression evaluates to true or false

Objectives

Campers will...
  • Use code blocks to create a 2-player battle game

Getting Started (5 minutes)

  • Tell campers that they will be creating a 2-player tank battle with Actors that fire lasers at each other! Next, open the "2-Player Battle Game" module and play the provided example in "Step 1" of the tutorial. Players will have to share the same keyboard!

Coding Activities (40+ minutes)

The lessons are intended for self-directed learning. Your role will be to facilitate as campers complete the Make Games - 2-Player Battle Game modules on their own:
1. Introduction (Video)
  • A friendly robot tells campers that they can decide which game they'd like to create next.
  • Tell campers to press any key to continue on to the next module.
2. 2-Player Battle Game (DIY)
  • Campers will follow the step-by-step tutorial to create their very own 2-player battle game with tanks, lasers, and more!
  • Activities include adding a background and Actors; programming lasers to fire; using nested loops to create health that gives each player 3 lives; and adding special effects.
  • If campers finish early, ask them to…
    • Brainstorm ways to make their game more challenging
    • Play their game with a friend
    • Create a new theme by using different Actors and a different background

Wrap Up

Unplugged Activity: Discussion
Review today’s coding adventure by leading a discussion. Ask campers:
  • What is your favorite 2-player game? Is it an arcade game? Racing game? A fighting game game?
  • Can you think of another 2-player game you'd like to create using Tynker? What's the goal of the game? How do you play?
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Class Presentations

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Lesson 1
Introduction
40 Slides
Lesson 2
Lights, Music, Action
23 Slides
Lesson 3
Frame-based Animation
26 Slides
Lesson 4
2D Motion
23 Slides
Lesson 5
Pen Drawing
23 Slides
Lesson 6
Alien Catcher
26 Slides
Lesson 7
Space Breaker
22 Slides
Lesson 8
Fish Tank
19 Slides
Lesson 9
Make Games - Animated Greeting Card
17 Slides
Lesson 10
Make Games - Music Video
15 Slides
Lesson 11
Make Games - Maze Game
18 Slides
Lesson 12
Make Games - 2-Player Battle Game
17 Slides
Lesson 13
Make Games - Animated Story
16 Slides
Lesson 14
Level Design
23 Slides