Create animated cartoons just like the pros. Learn the basics of animation as you draw your own characters and bring them to life with code.You will use visual programming to control the speed and type of animation as you add animals, dragons, monsters, and avatars into your coding projects. Create a portfolio of fun projects including original animated games, cartoon strips, music videos, and interactive worlds to share with friends and family. No prior programming experience required.

What Students Learn

  • Day 1: Frame Based Animation
  • Day 2: Character Animation
  • Day 3: Animated Storytelling
  • Day 4: Music Videos
  • Day 5: Two Player Games

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.

1. Introduction
14 activities
Start coding with Tynker.
2. Frame ­Based Animation
7 activities
Use frame-based animation and make a whack-a-mole style game.
3. Character Rigs and Animation
5 activities
Animate Tynker Character Studio Actors
4. Create a Scene
7 activities
Use XY coordinates, actor rotation, and pointing to make a simple 1-scene story.
5. Motion
6 activities
Move, turn and use the mouse. Animate a Conga Line!
6. Advanced Motion
7 activities
Make an Actor move with key presses.
7. Messaging
7 activities
Program buttons using send and receive messages.
8. Hitting the Mark
7 activities
Combine messaging, motion and animation to make a story.
9. Dynamic Storytelling
4 activities
Make decisions with code; program a story with multiple endings.
10. Advanced Animation
5 activities
Speed up animations, make objects shrink, grow, or rotate.
11. Teen Dance Party
2 activities
Learn how to use cool dance moves with the new Teen character rig!
12. Touchdown
1 activity
Use all the techniques you've learned to create a football animation!
13. Stealthy Thief
1 activity
Create a multi-level obstacle game!
14. Field Runner
1 activity
Create a Frogger-style obstacle game!
15. Level Editor
2 activities
Use the Level Editor tool to build a multi-level platformer game!