Description

In this advanced lesson plan, students will be introduced to the physics library as they build Gravity Sling, a projectile game inspired by Angry Birds (TM). They define the behaviors of different kinds of projectiles and use physics commands such as impulse, gravity and collisions to build the game. Ninja Runner is an advanced physics platformer game with a boss fight sequence that challenges them to apply all the concepts and skills they have learned.

Students who successfully complete this lesson plan will demonstrate excellent understanding of a variety of programming concepts and computational thinking skills, and will be able to design and implement projects of moderate to advanced complexity.

Topics

  • List variables
  • Structured data
  • Loops
  • Advanced flow control
  • Physics attributes
  • Velocity
  • Impulses
  • Collisions
  • Sending and receiving messages
  • Parameters
  • Functions
  • Advanced conditional logic
  • Math
  • Boolean operators

What Students Learn

  • Build a complete projectile-based physics game
  • Build a complete platformer game using physics
  • Programmatically generate never-ending platforms
  • Program a hero with multiple actions and access them via keys
  • Use cloud variables and a list data structure to implement a leaderboard
  • Use variables to keep score and game speed
  • Program enemy A.I.

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.


Lesson 1 : Object Stacking
Programming 302

Time: 60+ minutes

Introduction

Tynker Blocks Introduced

Vocabulary

Objectives

Materials

Warm-Up (15 minutes)

Activities (45 minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all Object Stacking modules on their own:

1. Introduction (Introduction)
2. Concepts (Concepts)
3. Turn on Physics (DIY)
4. Set Active or Static (DIY)
5. Land the Alien (Puzzle)
6. Create Your Own Structure (DIY)
7. Quiz (Multiple-choice)

Extended Activities (10 minutes)

U.S. Standards

  • CCSS-Math: 6.NS.C.6, MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: 6-8.RST.3, 6-8.RST.4, 6-8.RST.7, RI.9-10.3, RI.11-12.3
  • CSTA: 2-AP-10, 2-AP-11, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-15, 2-AP-16, 2-AP-17, 3A-AP-17, 3A-AP-22
  • CS CA: 6-8.AP.11, 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.15, 6-8.AP.16, 6-8.AP.17, 9-12.AP.12, 9-12.AP.16
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

U.K. Standards

Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to:
  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
Key stage 4
All pupils must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career. Pupils should be taught to:
  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills

Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
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Lesson 1
Object Stacking
25 Slides
Lesson 2
Applying Impulses
21 Slides
Lesson 3
Line Animation
26 Slides
Lesson 4
Physics Properties
24 Slides
Lesson 5
Ricochet
23 Slides
Lesson 6
Explosions
26 Slides
Lesson 7
Changing Direction
21 Slides
Lesson 8
Gravity Sling
19 Slides
Lesson 9
Linear Velocity
20 Slides
Lesson 10
Double Jump
18 Slides
Lesson 11
Receiving Values
21 Slides
Lesson 12
Lists
23 Slides
Lesson 13
Laser Tennis
18 Slides
Lesson 14
Enemy AI
20 Slides
Lesson 15
Leaderboards
20 Slides
Lesson 16
Platform Movement
18 Slides