Dance Party 2019 – Properties


My name is Maria, I’m a junior at the
University of Washington, and I’m an Amazon future engineer. I love computer science because it incorporates problem-solving and critical thinking, and after putting hours of work into something, you can get something really cool and rewarding out of it. So far, you’ve had a chance to play with some different types of dancers, and you’ve programmed them to do different types of dance moves. But how do these moves really work? Every dance move is made up of a series of images called frames. Each frame is slightly different from the one before it. When your program runs, your computer shows one frame after another. They’re shown so fast, that it looks like the dancer is moving. This is the secret behind all animation. Not only can you change a dancers moves, you can also change a dancer’s properties. Properties describe things like the dancer’s position on the screen, the dancer’s size, and the dancer’s color. To change the properties of a dancer, you’ll use a Set block. Let’s use a Set block to make our dancers look smaller. First, drag the set block into your
program. Then select a dancer you’d like to change, and type in the size they will appear on-screen. Full-size is 100. If you choose a lower number, that will make the dancers smaller. The smaller the dancer is, the
further away it looks. Using the Set block, you can also change a dancer’s
dimensions, rotation, position, and color. By playing around with these properties
you can make all kinds of changes, and link them to different parts of the song. Remember, you can only set the properties of a dancer that already exists. Make sure that your Set block, comes after the Make A New Dancer block. Feel free to experiment, be creative, and have fun.

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