Celebrating 50 Years of Mans Landing on the Moon through Scratch – micro:bit – Python
Apollo 11 moon landing

Celebrating 50 Years of Mans Landing on the Moon through Scratch – micro:bit – Python

Come and hack at Moonhack 2019 – During the Apollo program of the 1960s and ’70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Of those missions 6 of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world.  July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. Lunar Landing Mission Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body.

To celebrate the anniversary CodeClub (codeclub.org.au) organized Moonhack 2019. The event encourages kids of all ages to get together and participate in various coding activities centered around building one’s own space-themed game. Moonhack 2019 is also supported by the Telstra Foundation which is the philanthropic arm of Telstra (www.telstra.com.au). The organizers provided detailed step by step instructions that kids could follow to create their own games. This year instructions were provided for Scratch, Python. However we managed to dig out instructions for a BBC micro:bit game which was designed for 2018.

What did our kids achieve – At our codeclub this weekend the kids worked on Scratch, micro:bit and Python games focused around space themes. Instructions for each of these were obtained from the Moonhack 2019 website. We started off by talking about the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. The kids were quite in the know and were enthusiastic about creating their own space themed games. We then looked at the different types of space themed games i.e. Scratch, Python, micro:bit that the kids could work on and they chose one area of focus. Here’s a view of some of the projects we completed today at the code club –

Moonhack 2019 – Python Space Game

The kids thoroughly enjoyed working on their games. We ended up creating many different variations of the Scratch, Python, Micro:bit games/

Moonhack 2019 – Scratch 3 Space Game

Check out the various Moonhack resources here –

  1. Scratch – https://learning.kidzcancode.com/course/confirm-topics-introduction-to-coding-concepts-with-scratch-ii/
  2. Python – https://learning.kidzcancode.com/course/programming-with-python-for-kids-i/
  3. BBC micro:bit – https://learning.kidzcancode.com/course/exploring-coding-concepts-using-the-bbc-microbit-i/

The Moonhack tutorials can be found right at the bottom of the page at each of the courses listed above. We hope you are able to take the opportunity and check out the space themed games above, try them out and modify them to your hearts content.

Happy hacking from everyone here at OzToyLib!!!!!


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