NGV Hour of Code™: Put your smile on your dial

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In this program, you are going to learn how to create your own accurate, digital clock and taking inspiration from artist Maarten Baas, you are going to make it original, animated and interesting!

Using Scratch, you will code a clock that reflects the current time of your location with the hour, minute and second hands.

Then, you can code the clock face to change every hour to something of your choosing (your face, an emoji, your cat...anything!)

In the example provided you will see we have used a selection of emoji and a very happy child for our clock faces.

This program uses a range of coding techniques in Scratch including show and hide, sprites and costumes, and control and operator blocks.

Can you think of something else to use for the clock hands? Try to create some sprites using your own images.

Can you think of other images you could use for the dial? How about a flower blooming or the earth rotating?

What will you come up with? Share your creations with us on Twitter: @NGVEducation

Notes and Credits

The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. NGV is proud to support the Hour of Code™ and this year has developed a resource for all teachers and students to use in their classrooms.

We believe coding is a great platform to introduce new ways for students to understand and respond to art – as well as create their own masterpieces with 21st-century digital technologies.

In our Hour of Code™ lesson we have taken the concept of time and one of our contemporary works of art, Grandfather clock 2014 by artist Maarten Baas, as inspiration.

Using Scratch, a free block-coding program, students will be encouraged to create their own accurate, unique, digital clock and be able to put their own smile on the dial by using photos of their face (or emoji), that will appear every hour.

Shared: 1 Dec 2016 Modified: 8 Dec 2016
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