Time needed: 15 minutes
What’s your favorite board game or videogame? How do you play it? What’s your favorite part? It might be the rules, the story, or just having people play together that make it great. And you know what? That’s because the person who designed the game came up with all those ways to make the game fun!
Did you know some people have the job of making digital games? A digital game can be played on a device, like a phone, computer, or TV. Game designers are the people who decide how the digital games will be fun and what they’ll look like.
For this activity, you’re going to play a game and help a firefighter rescue a kitten. Your character needs to navigate the city (a maze) to reach the goal—the kitten! You'll use coding block commands to help your character do that.
To get started, create the maze and set up obstacles:
Then, check out the commands you can use to move your character through the maze and around the buildings to the kitten:
To play the game, create an algorithm using the commands to move the character from the start of the maze to the kitten coding block (the goal).
Once you’ve rescued the kitten, move the goal, go back to the start, and create another algorithm to play again!
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.