Lesson 13: Build a Star Wars Game
In this lesson, students will practice using events to build a game that they can share online. Featuring R2-D2 and other Star Wars characters, students will be guided through events, then given space to create their own game.
CS Fundamentals is not simply about teaching computer science, it is about making computer science fun and exciting. In this series, students will learn about events using popular characters from Star Wars. These puzzles blur the lines between "learning" and "fun". Also, students will learn to recognize regular programming practices in games so that when they play games at home, they can see common computer science principles being used.
Warm Up (15 min)
Main Activity (30 min)
Wrap Up (15 min)
Students will be able to:
- Create an animated, interactive game using sequence and events.
- Identify actions that correlate to input events.
- Play through puzzles in Course E Online Puzzles 2018 - Website and find any potential problem areas.
- Review CS Fundamentals Main Activity Tips - Lesson Recommendations.
- Make sure every student has a Think Spot Journal - Reflection Journal.
Heads Up! Please make a copy of any documents you plan to share with students.
For the Teachers
For the Students
- Think Spot Journal - Reflection Journal
- Event - An action that causes something to happen.
Warm Up (15 min)
If you're not quite sure if a student's response describes an event, try to break down the response. Is there an action and a response?
- Crossing the finish line and having on screen characters congratulate you
- Finding a big pot of treasure (or other item) and watching your inventory grow
- Buying new items from the game's store and having the item to use
- Pressing the buttons on a game controller and having your character do something cool
In a class discussion, ask the students what their favorite video game is (you might need to remind the students to only use games that are classroom appropriate). Ask the students what their favorite part of the game is.
Most of the time, students will respond with some kind of event. When you recognize a student response that describes an event, ask the student to describe it further.
Once the student is done describing their fun, take a minute to relate it back to the definition of an event.
- Event: An action that causes something to happen.
Ask the students to try and relate some of their favorite parts of video games and how they can be described as events. Have them pair share and discuss the differences between their events and their partner's.
Main Activity (30 min)
Remind the students to only share their work with their close friends or family. For more information watch or show the class:
Students will likely be very excited to make their own Star Wars game at the end of this set of puzzles. If there's time, ask them to plan out what they want the game to do. The planning and preparation will help the students better recognize the key concepts this lesson is trying to teach. Encourage the students to share and remix each other's games at the end of this lesson.
Wrap Up (15 min)
Having students write about what they learned, why it’s useful, and how they feel about it can help solidify any knowledge they obtained today and build a review sheet for them to look to in the future.
- What was today's lesson about?
- How do you feel about today's lesson?
- Give an example of an event you used in your program today?
- Why is it important not to share private information online? How do you know if information is private?
CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards (2017)
AP - Algorithms & Programming
- 1B-AP-11 - Decompose (break down) problems into smaller, manageable subproblems to facilitate the program development process.
This list represents opportunities in this lesson to support standards in other content areas.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards
L - Language
- 4.L.6 - Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g
SL - Speaking & Listening
- 4.SL.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- 4.SL.1.a - Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
- 4.SL.4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Common Core Math Standards
MP - Math Practices
- MP.1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
- MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively
- MP.5 - Use appropriate tools strategically
- MP.6 - Attend to precision
- MP.7 - Look for and make use of structure
- MP.8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
NBT - Number And Operations In Base Ten
- 4.NBT.4 - Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Next Generation Science Standards
ETS - Engineering in the Sciences
ETS1 - Engineering Design
- 3-5-ETS1-1 - Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
- 3-5-ETS1-2 - Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.