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Computer Programming

This is an introductory programming class designed for 7th and 8th grade students.  The main programming applications we will use are Basic and Scratch.  Each student will receive a CD with their work at the end of the semester. 
          We will begin with basic programming, using an application called Chipmunk Basic.  The goal will be for each student to program a simple choose-your-own-adventure text game (similar to Zork, which we will play through) using basic progamming commands (if...then, input, goto) as well as ASCII art.  Chipmunk Basic is free to download and runs similarly (if not exactly the same) on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
          We will continue on to a more modern visual programming language, Scratch.  Students will learn how to manipulate graphics with their programming skills and design their own graphics games.  We will most likely be using the older version - Scratch 1.4 - in class (available at this link).
     • ASCII Online Assignment
     • ASCII Art Titles (Figlets)
Example Text Adventure Games
To play these games, click on the link, select all, copy and paste into Chipmunk Basic (they may also work in other flavors of Basic).
All games in a zipped file
Pirate Treasure 2
          About       Walk-Through
Adventure Castle 2
          About       Walk-Through
the Cave of Time (adapted from the 1979 book by Edward Packard)
Mystery House Adventure 
Atlantis Adventure
Spy Adventure III
          About          Walk-Through
Excelsior III 
          About           Excelsior Walk-Through
          Excelsior Map 1         Excelsior Map 2
          Excelsior Help Sheet    
     1. Click on "Zork 1" and select "Open with Archive Manager"
     2. Open the "DATA" folder
     3. Drag the file called "ZORK1.DAT" to your desktop (NOT ZORK1.BAT)
     4. On Linux, open Terminal and type the command "frotz Desktop/ZORK1.DAT"
Zork1 Maps    Above     Below     Maze
     • Zork1 Help Booklet
    • Zork Online Site Best (allows save/restore)
    • Zork Online Site Alternate
If using Mac OSX:  (if Zoom crashes, play at one of the online links above)
     1. Download and Install "Zoom"
     2. Download the Zork1 data file
     3. Change the ".zip" suffix to ".z5"
     4. Double-click on "ZORK1.z5"
ASCII Art to Use in BASIC Programs (scroll down to see the art)