Camper Interactive Fiction Stories

The Zero Day Campers were hard at work this week writing their own interactive stories mostly in Twine, and some others testing out the Scratch 3 Beta.

We have some finished stories and some works in progress, but all of them show the campers’ ingenuity and hard work.


Space

By Adrien
You can’t wait to go to space. You see planet earth getting smaller and smaller. You can’t wait to get to space. Little do you know the danger ahead of you
Play Space!

GRANDPA AT 6

                                                 
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by Auguste

Want to have a good laugh and feel superior towards others!
Haha, well now you can without even moving an inch from you’re computer! And it’s
as easy as 1, 2 and not 3!

  1. laugh at the names in the game, for example “booty- buttcheek-poop-minecraft-simulator. Ha Ha, that sounds like like someone in kindergarten wrote it. (By the way they are my main source of inspiration!).
  2. feel superior to the kindergartener’s humor, HA HA, very funny and superior feelings flow through you’re veins!
  3. play the game

Play Grandpa at 6

The Egg

by Charlotte
A story about a cat who finds an egg. What will be in the egg?
Download the Scratch 3 code for The Egg

The Robot and the Donut

by Daniel, Eli, and Walter
The strange and riveting tale of a brave robot and an unusual donut.
Download the Scratch 3 code of for the Robot and the Donut

The Mooing Cow

by Derek
A story about a wandering cow, a dangerous clock, and a surprising kitten.
Play The Mooing Cow

The Espionage Kobold 1

by Diego
You are a professional espionage kobold. Can you steal the secret code?
Play Espionage Kobold

The Fortune Teller

by Eli
Tricky number guessing and a riddle can lead to your doom or salvation.
Play Fortune Teller

Kitty Jailbreak

by Fiona
Are you hungry? Are you cute and fluffy? Can you escape your kitty cage? Click to find out.
Play Kitty Jailbreak

Clue Simulator

by Kam
Colonel Mustard, in the Lounge, with the Knife? No, it’s always Mrs. Peacock…
Play the Clue Simulator

The Interrogator

by Henry
Welcome to the cutthroat world of…ketchup.
Play The Interrogator

World Tour

by Lili
Things get tricky for an alien just looking to explore the Earth.
Play World Tour

Decision Day

by Sophie
What do you do about the mysterious villain with “portal powers”? The decisions are yours to make…
Play Decision Day

The Tale of the Dark Sword

by Zam
You are a fearless adventure, but will you save the town or fall to the powerful boss monster?
Play The Tale of the Dark Sword

The Zombie Apocalypse

By Zev
The Zombie Apocalypse is an awesome game. Every single person that tested it loved it! DON’T LISTEN!!!! FAKE Reviews!!!! Heh heh, now ok back to the real reviews NOT. Zombie Apocalypse has life threatening choices. PLAY IT NOW!!!!
Play Zombie Apocalypse

Creating an Automated House with the Microbit

cardboard doll house

This spring session we tried something a little different and hands on. Campers were on a mission to build their dream home and automate it using the Microbit. The focus was on providing a project based and camper led experience. Working in pairs, basic programming and physical computing concepts were introduced such as creating LED circuits, programming sounds for the doorbell, using a servo to make a fan and introduction to sensors as burglar alarms. The Microbit and blocky based programming IDE (pxt.microbit.org) served as a user-friendly platform for exploration. Continue reading “Creating an Automated House with the Microbit”

The Microbits Come to PS 93

a microbitZero Day Camp is happy to collaborate with PS 93 in Bed-Sty Brooklyn to present a 5 week after school CS introduction program using the Microbit. Physical computing is a great way to engage young learners and being to understand how computers and code can affect the world around them. The Microbit is a small computer which supports input connections using alligator clips and comes packed with multiple sensors. To learn more visit: microbit.org.

Continue reading “The Microbits Come to PS 93”

Zero Day Camp and The Campus in Brownsville

For almost a year now Zero Day Camp’s directors have been working with New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton’s office to contribute to the launch of “The Campus” technology and wellness hub centered in the public housing and community schools of Brownsville, Brooklyn. We are excited about The Campus, which has brought together key community organizations and local youth technology and media non-profits to work towards creating a high tech training and development center in one of the poorest and often neglected corners of New York City. Continue reading “Zero Day Camp and The Campus in Brownsville”

Tech2Learn: Bringing Technology Home

tech to learn iconAccess to hardware and internet are some of the more basic building blocks to developing CS skills. With these tools in hand, students can connect to experts and limitless resources. Many homes in our communities however, still do not have access to a computer or internet. Zero Day Camp is hoping to help close this gap with its newly founded Tech2Learn program.

Through the T2L program, we collect, refurbish, and provide hardware to our partner schools, who in turn provide the hardware to students, for home use. We also help connect students and families to available resources to free and low cost internet as well as other local resources for learning.

Zero Day Camp relies on donations from families, businesses, and other institutions in our community to make this work. To donate, please fill out the form available at this link.

It’s a Mad Lib Kind of Day

madlib iconThis week we worked with strings to create Thanksgiving Mad Libs. The starter project asks for a part of speech which is saved as a variable. Coders insert the variables into join strings blocks (aka concatenation). Check out the starter project here. You can also download the direction card here.