[Activity 2] Animate a Name


O meu trabalho encontra-se no endereço-

A atividade proposta me fez recordar quando eu fiz meu primeiro contato com o Scratch, há alguns anos.

Aos poucos fui relembrando como criar um projeto, sem grandes dificuldades para produzir um trabalho simples.

Após o término da tarefa fiquei entusiasmada a ousar mais!


Hello, everyone!

I share my project with you. Very very interesting to do.


Scratched my Name

Hi again,

I went to a teachers learning code workshop and the first half was about facilitating scratch with kids. We worked through painting with gobo which had some interesting challenges in it that gave me an idea of what I could do with this animate a name task. Here is Paint with Todd , a challenge I set for myself is to make the code "Dry" which is Don't Repeat Yourself so I used one D and then just had it move and stamp before looping. I am also intrigued to explore some of the advanced features like making my own blocks (functions).


I have enjoyed the animate my name activity. What I wanted was to make the letters of my name (really my surname, Appletree), appear random on the screen and then the full name. After I while I saw I can make also appear an Appletree design. I discovered how to use various sprites, and also how to copy the instructions to all of them. It was fun to discover that broadcast send a mesage to all sprites.
PD. Manzano means appletree …


Thanks, all! This was fun! :slight_smile:


One of the most beneficial aspects of this project (for me) has been a greater appreciation of the learning curve that can accompany even very user-friendly technologies. I used the tutorial every step of the way (thank you!), and I now appreciate the importance of providing this type of support for learners. I’ve been working to infuse additional technologies into my course development and believe this assignment has also helped me better appreciate the importance of building in additional time (instructional and exploratory) for exploration and growth (not only of content, but of the recommended tools).

I especially enjoyed the reflection questions initially presented in the video. I too often present reflection questions after an assignment has been completed. I personally found the up-front reflection questions (especially the one highlighting the likelihood/acceptability of “getting stuck”) reassuring. In fact, as I worked I was actively (and eagerly) anticipating a struggle, so that I could share. Go figure!

Thank you for the opportunity. It was fun!


It was real fun animating my name …


Here comes my animation…


Hey hey, one more name animation here:

It’s been a while since I did anything with Scratch - there are nice, new features like the possibility to edit sound samples :slight_smile: I played around with editing costumes but it was a bit of a pain XD
Anyhow, I think this is a great exercise - we’ve used a similar one at a training session for coding course instructors. They could choose any media they liked, programming / video / physical objects. It’s a fun way to tell a bit about oneself - not just the name but what kind of things you’re into.


Hi everyone, I made a game using tacos, a monkey, and the letters and numbers in my Scratch user name. Use the arrow keys to get to letters/numbers, and avoid the tacos. You have three lives.

// On a side note, I find the animate-your-name activity sends a confusing message to kids, particularly as a first activity, since we often discourage them from using their real names when configuring a Scratch account.


Hi everyone :smiley:

I always liked this Animate Your Name activity: it seems there’s always yet another crazy thing to try!

So here’s my new experiment with it: a bouncing name.

(And here’s my last try on it, a slightly more chaotic thing, but again one with which I learned a lot!)

Hope you like them!



Animate a Name

Scratch is Fun :):grinning:


I love having my students do this activity when I first introduce Scratch. Their project are always so much better then mine! Even if they follow the suggestions in the tutorial they are all so different.

Projects are awesome, and I love having students work on project as part of the learning they are doing in my class. I do not like project completed at home. Too often teachers (and I have been guilty of this in the past) teach skills in class and then send students home to complete a project and expect those skills to be used in the project. We don’t know how much or how little help students are receiving at home. We don’t know their home responsibilities or limitations.

I know from personal experiences that I retain the skills I learn when I need to learn them, but forget the ones learned in isolation.

Once I took a technology workshop (Microsoft applications) as a week long course. It was excel overload, and I never applied my learning to anything meaningful to me. Two years later when I wanted to make a spread sheet to calculate something specific related to my students’ data, I had could not remember the “steps” I had been taught. Conversely, I am going though my National Board Renewal now. I am learning how to upload videos, compress files, etc. because those skills are important to the project I am doing!

Remembering to incorporate rationales into all skills taught and employing the backward design model of instruction are a good compromises for teachers who need to see specific skills exemplified in student projects to justify the class time required to complete project.


Hi all,
I have shared my scratch project.Please watch and enjoy


NaMe AnImAtIoN - AnAnD


My animate a name project:

Some things that were interesting:

  • When I first learned Scratch (2011), I was not comfortable programming. I’m now revisiting it after becoming much more comfortable with programming and I got frustrated by not knowing how to build certain things. I would brute-force them and then realize later that there was a block for this! This happened over and over.

  • One thing that I find myself doing during projects (and want to stop D:) is mentally being in a “get it right” mindset and not taking risks because I’m worried that I’ll screw them up or fail.

  • I still am not fully won over on Scratch and it’s possibilities/awesomeness. I think seeing kids use it would help me “get it” fully.


I’ve done a lot of animation in Scratch, so I decided to challenge myself with doing it on another coding platform (Bitsbox) -


Nice, I like the idea of putting music in the background as well. Would be good to have your name appearing and disappearing over and over again - maybe in a forever loop (in the control options). :slight_smile:


Here is mine if this works:

Fun project, I learned a lot of Scratch along the way!