Rock Band — Volunteer Notes

Introduction:

In this project, children will learn how to add sound and music to their projects, as well as changing and programming sprite costumes.

Resources

For this project, Scratch 2 should be used. Scratch 2 can either be used online at jumpto.cc/scratch-on or can be downloaded from jumpto.cc/scratch-off and used offline.

You can find a completed version of this project online, or it can be downloaded by clicking the ‘Project Materials’ link for this project, which contains:

  • RockBand.sb2

Learning Objectives

  • Sprites;
  • Costumes;
  • Sequential code blocks;
  • Events;
  • Sound and music.

This project covers elements from the following strands of the Raspberry Pi Digital Making Curriculum:

Challenges

  • “Improving your drum” - Changing sprite sounds and adding events;
  • “Changing your singer’s costume” - adding and controlling sprite costumes;
  • “Make your own band” - using the skills learnt to create new instruments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When creating their own sprites, children may find that their sprite ‘jumps’ when it’s clicked, as it changes costume. This is because the two costumes aren’t centered in the same place.

    To fix this, click ‘Set costume center’ on both sprites, and make sure they are centered at the same point in both costumes.

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  • On Linux, right-clicking to delete a sprite may not work. If this is the case, holding shift and left-clicking will bring up the menu to delete a sprite.