## Scratch Programming & Maths Resources

There are now 5 projects all set out for you in the resources section.  Please use them and give us feedback.

## Using Maths to Create Space Games

 Game Programming using Maths – Module 1 Algebra & Space Travel

 Free pilot studies  – contact gabriel@makingpi.com

 Space Exploration Project 1 Level 4 Time : 1 hour Beginners Scratch The students create a game to explode alien invasion craft in space.  They have to guess the coordinates and then if successful fire the rocket.  The creation of this game teaches the following Maths: ·         Coordinates in 4 quadrants

 Space Exploration Project 2 Level 5 Time : 1 hour Beginners Scratch The students create a game to move rocket launches along the y axis and program in a line to fire at the alien invasion craft.  The students focus on the following Maths: ·         x-y coordinates ·         y = n lines

 Space Exploration Project 3 Level 5 Time : 1 hour Beginners Scratch The students create a game where they have to shoot the aliens along an x = n line.  The Maths used in this section is: ·         Coordinates ·         x=n lines

 Space Exploration Project 4 Level 5 -6 Time : 2 hours Intermediate Scratch The aim of this game is rotating through 360 and shooting incoming spaceship.  This is an introductory Maths Scratch project which creates a game to teach angle recognition.  It teaches the following maths: ·         Coordinates in 4 quadrants ·         Rotation through 360 degrees ·         The use of random functions to set game initial conditions e.g. random coordinates and random angles
 Space Exploration Project 5 Intermediate level knowledge of Scratch Level 6 -7 Time: 2 hours Develop an Asteroid Game with an ability to shoot asteroids out of space.  The students will program the game assets to: ·         Set asteroids on a collision course with earth ( gradient calculations) ·         Program missiles using y=mx+c ·         Set assets randomly on y/x axis This is a fantastic project for using and applying.

 Space Exploration Project 6 Intermediate level knowledge of Scratch Level 6 -7 Time: 2 hours Develop a game to escape from a black hole.  The ship is caught in a black hole and is being drawn (y=x2 ) into the centre.  You have  to capture frozen  water to give you enough energy to escape raising you to new trajectories ( y =  x2 + 1…).  However if you capture non water mass you will accelerate your decline ( y = 2x2). ·         Learn the shape of the y=x2 ·         Learn how it can be shifted in the form y =  x2 + n ·         Learn how it can be shifted in the form y = nx2

 Space Exploration  Project 7 Intermediate level knowledge of Scratch Level 7 – 8 Time: 2 hours Develop a space travel program.  This requires the student to cross vast areas of space using trigonometry to calculate distance and fuel usage.  The maths taught in this project is: ·         Trigonometry to calculate the hypotenuse ·         Compound measures fuel/dist ·         Algebraic substitution
 Space Exploration Project 8 Intermediate level knowledge of Scratch Level A to A* Time: 3 hours Develop a game to intercept incoming rockets and program another rocket to exactly meet the incoming missile.  The intercept missile equation is different each time and so you have to find a generic solution for simultaneous equations.  The Maths used in this project is: ·         Simultaneous equations ·         Algebraic fractions ·         Pythagoras ·          Speed distance time calculations
 Space Exploration Project 9 Intermediate level knowledge of Scratch Level A to A* Time: 3 hours Escape attack by creating a special evasion program using sin(x) and shifted nxsin(x+a) ·         Y=mx+c lines ·         Sine curves ·         Shifts on the sine curve

## Clever Clever Koreans

Elementary Electronics!

Those clever clever Koreans!  They have started making electronics a part of their elementary education.  No wonder my Samsung is so good (sorry apple users).

This is one of their LEGO electronic models they built.  Oh, by the way they even make the LEGO brick because they are out of patent.

Long live Korea

## Scratch & Maths – I love it!

In one of my lessons last night, a brilliant student called Ben developed a Maths game to teach angles.  It was nice and simple; even so it had my own 12 and 13 year old playing it for 1 hour.

Ben applied Maths in the following area without noticing it:

1. Rotation and angles

2. Algebra  formula

3. Coordinates and using random numbers

4. Working out the hit zone needed a nice bit of sectors of a circle

More adventures in gaming to follow.

## Logo & Rotation Lesson Shared

This first resource is teaching Rotation and LOGO at Level 3 & 4.  It brings the Programming and Maths side of the new UK curriculum together.

We are looking for a way of sharing our resources so that they are immediately usable by other educators.  It is also an attempt to expand the boundaries of what can be done for free on Google drive.  Any comments gratefully received.

## Robots & Maths

We had 4 sessions exploring Robotics and Maths at Gastrells Primary School.  The students loved it and really expanded their knowledge of angles and distance. I will publish the full lesson sequence here shortly.

This is just another example of how the new Computing curriculum can be overlapped with Maths.

## Number Bond Art

Number bonds are just so important for strong mental maths …. but so boring!  However that is where card games, board games and Art comes in. Number bond art is just a fun way of making these things more sticky.  That is why I like making lolly sticks, cakes and biscuits:

Hope you have a tasty time

“maths through making”

## Dance Maths

We all like to move.  It enlivens us and improves our learning abilities.  Therefore why not dance out more of Maths.  Erik Stern and Dr Karl Schaffer have been doing this for the last 20 years and explain their thinking in this TED lecture

What we dream of is a movement curriculum for Maths which can be accessed by teachers, students and parents.

## Multiplication & Art

I love this design, it is such a fun way for doing square numbers and multiplication.

City Maths can be a brilliant way of representing multiplication and can lead to loads of colourful skyscrapers.