Unit 1While learning a new programming language, students review the major concepts and material from Bootstrap:Algebra, including Contracts, Expressions dealing with numbers, strings and images, Variable definitions, Function definitions, and the Design Recipe.
Unit 2Students discover the need for compound date - data structures - using 2-dimentionsal animation. They learn the syntax for data blocks, constructors and dot-accessors, and practice each by creating a "digital bakery".
Unit 3Students create a complete animation (of a sunset) from scratch, and learn how to use data structures to capture the essence of an animation. They apply the put-image function to draw single frames from data structure instances, and write a function to generate new frame data from previous frame data. They learn how to use reactors to combine their data and functions into a full running animation.
Unit 4Students are introduced to conditionals using if-expressions, on both built-in data (like numbers) and on programmer-defined data structures. They then use conditionals to implement an animation that goes through distinct phases. They also learn about helper functions, which abstract away frequently-used code to improve readability and reduce duplication.
Unit 5Students are introduced to another type of event, called on-key. They define a key-event handler that modifies a reactor state to move a character when certain keys are pressed. To handle multiple possible keys, students return to the subject of piecewise functions, giving them more practice with Pyret’s if expressions.
Build Your Own AnimationStudents create their own animation from scratch (requires Units 1-5)
Detecting CollisionsStudents use the Pythagorean Theorem to detect collisions in their games (requires Units 1-5)
Adding ScoresStudents add a score to their games, based on the number of collisions (requires the Collisions unit)
Adding LevelsStudents add levels of play to their games, with levels changing based on scores (requires the Scores unit)
Writing PongStudents implement a one-player version of the classic Pong video game (requires Units 1-5)
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