Author: tecdude

  • iOS 15 Hands On

    We got access to the iOS 15 Beta, so here’s all the brand new features in it! Firstly, Focus. This is an adapted version of Apple’s pre-existing Do Not Disturb Feature. You set it up in settings, choosing who and what can send you notifications when this feature is enabled. Here you can see the […]

  • Parrot Shooting Game

    Creating the Parrot Sprite Delete the default sprite (cat figure) (Right-Click  Delete) Import the Parrot sprite (Choose new Sprite from file)            Decrease the size of the Parrot  Click on Shrink Sprite Click on the Parrot until correct size 2.  Getting the Parrot to move across the screen forever Go to the Scripts section of the Parrot Sprite Add the Script: when  clicked: Parrot to move forward 10 steps forever The parrot will now move to the right until it touches the edge of your screen 3.  Getting the Parrot to bounce back when touching the edge of the screen 1.  Add the if on edge, bounce motion script The parrot now flies in circles, how can we make the parrot move randomly around the screen: In number of steps it moves forward Different angles when touching the edge of the screen Use the Random Scripts […]

  • Shark Tank Game

    To begin open a new project on scratch. Shark Tank Game 1) Creating Mr Shark Right click on the Cat Sprite and delete the cat Add the Shark sprite Reduce the size of the shark 2) Moving the Shark up, down, forward, backward Now try to do the same for the Right Arrow key, does the Shark point in the right direction when you click the right arrow? 3) Make sure the Shark appears in the middle of the screen When the Green flag is clicked the Shark should appear in the middle of the screen pointing to theright. What is the right code??? Answer: 4) Make the Shark performing a biting motion Click on Import Add Shark 1‐a Change the Code to enable the shark to switchcostumes (see below) 5) Changing the Background Click on Stage Click on Backgrounds Import the Underwater background Delete the white background 6) Adding Fish Click on Choose new Sprite Add a Fish sprite (you choose) Make the Fish smaller 7) Make the fish move automatically from left to right Click on the Fish Sprite You should know how to make the fish move automatically and bounce off the edge Here is the code if you need help: How can we make sure the fish keeps swimming the right way up all the time? Tip: it is somewhere in the instruction 1! The shark can now easily catch the fish as the fish swims back and forth Instructions: I want the fish to swim from the left edge of the tank to the right The fish needs to start randomly at the left side of the tank When the fish hits the right edge of the tank the fish needs to re‐appear on the left side of the tank ina random position Let’s try to create the correct code […]

  • Micro:Bit Games

    Intro The game we’re going to make is Split or Steal. It’s a game of cunning and trickery in which the play must decide whether to ‘Split’ the prize or ‘Steal’ from the opponent. How To As always, begin by making a new Micro:Bit Project at Micro:Bit MakeCode. Click on ‘New Project” to open up […]

  • InDesign Basics

    You need: Adobe InDesign Mac or PC Install InDesign Once InDesign is installed, we can get started. Press ‘Create New’ on the left toolbar. In the right-hand menu change the 210mm to 297mm and then click create. The first thing that must be done is to decide which shape will be the outline of our […]

  • How The Internet Works

    Now we know that the internet relies on a massive network of undersea cables, we can get rid of the common misconception that the internet relies on satellites. But where does every web page we load come from? Well, the internet isn’t a hub that everything connects into, it’s in fact a network, this means […]

  • Micro:Bit Snowflakes

    You’ll Need: Micro:Bit (Preferably more than one) A Mac, PC or Raspberry Pi Open Micro Bit Make Code and make a new project and name it: Christmas Snowflake. Open the Radio menu: Drag a ‘Radio Set Group’ block into ‘On Start’. Click the 1 on the ‘Radio Set Group’ block and type 100 in. Now open the […]

  • Christmas Tech

    Christmas is here! There are so many projects to try: Micro:Bit Snowflakes To decorate your windows! You’ll Need: Micro:Bit (Preferably more than one) A Mac, PC or Raspberry Pi Open Micro Bit Make Code and make a new project and name it: Christmas Snowflake. Open the Radio menu: Drag a ‘Radio Set Group’ block into […]

  • macOS Big Sur

    The Good The All New Control Centre Being able to have one-click control of the system, like on the iPhone, is amazing. You can now easily enable Do Not Disturb, AirDrop and Screen Mirroring straight from the simple Control Centre is easy and simple. All-New Logos The new logos are attempting to look 3D, which […]

  • Smart Homes

    Smart homes and IoT seem like the future, but what are they? Well, they are when physical objects in your house that connect to WiFi and can be controlled remotely, usually via an app or website. We weigh up the pros and cons in the IoT article, so lets have a look at how you […]