Review: Star Wars Coding Projects

Dylan is a big Star Wars fan and is enjoying learning coding skills at school. So it was a no-brainer when we were offered a copy of Star Wars Coding Projects for my Padawan to help review!

This new title published by DK is a step-by-step guide to coding using the free beginner coding language, Scratch. As well as providing an introduction to coding and using Scratch, it includes six full projects to try out. These include a good mix of games, animations and simulations.

Projects include Build-a-Droid, Use the Force! and Jetpack Adventure. Each one introduces new coding skills and there’s advice from C-3PO throughout. Other main characters appear regularly too, of course. It was nice, for example, to be congratulated by Darth Vader upon completion of our first project!

A child with a text book and computer.

I hadn’t encountered Scratch before, but Dylan was already familiar with it. Indeed, I often found myself checking the next step in the book only to find that he was already two ahead of me!

It’s all clearly explained, well designed and easy to follow. This makes what could otherwise be a daunting challenge for beginners both accessible and fun. We really enjoyed working through the projects together. I say ‘we’ – it was more a case of me watching him and trying to keep up!

The first project is a game called Cargo Bay Chase. It features the platform’s signature cat sprite, an energy ball and an evil robot.

The object is for the cat to catch the ball and avoid the robot. Each time the cat succeeds, the player scores a point. Each time the robot does, however, it gets faster. If the robot catches the cat, it’s game over. 

A page of Star Wars Coding Projects.

This involves creating five different scripts. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. This is achieved by dragging colour coded blocks with different commands to the relevant part of the screen. It’s all very intuitive and the book mirrors this with child-friendly explanations of the process.

It was brilliant to see how quickly Dylan’s confidence grew. This isn’t always the case with new skills, so I’m really pleased. He keeps asking to start new projects too and this can only be a good thing.

Star Wars Coding Projects is a fantastic introduction to an increasingly important skill. It’s an ideal gift for kids who are new to coding and should set them up with both the knowledge and confidence to create their own games and animations using Scratch.

A page of Star Wars Coding Projects featuring two droids.

Star Wars™ Coding Projects, © & TM 2017 LUCASFILM LTD published by DK, £12.99.

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88 Comments
  • sandi green
    October 25, 2017

    Rey would be my first choice to code as she is a pretty cool character.

  • janine atkin
    October 25, 2017

    we’d use Yoda

  • Ashleigh Allan
    October 25, 2017

    Darth vadar

  • Tracy Nixon
    October 25, 2017

    My son would love to recreate Yoda!

  • iain maciver
    October 25, 2017

    chewbacca

  • claire woods
    October 25, 2017

    Yoda

  • Angela Treadway
    October 26, 2017

    Yoda x

  • john prendergast
    October 26, 2017

    chewbacca

  • Laura Pritchard
    October 26, 2017

    Han Solo

  • jo liddement
    October 26, 2017

    My son would probably choose Darth Vader.

  • Margaret Gallagher
    October 27, 2017

    Darth Vader

  • Joshi Moshi
    October 28, 2017

    Yoda!

  • Sarah Forster
    October 28, 2017

    Jar Jar Binks, haha!

  • Sally
    October 29, 2017

    Yoda!

  • Suzanne Jackson
    October 29, 2017

    Yoda!

  • MM
    October 29, 2017

    If good enough the Han Solo/Greedo scene

  • stuart hargreaves
    October 29, 2017

    Yoda would be our choice

  • Ren Taylor
    October 29, 2017

    My son would love this and would probably code Yoda as its his favourite!

  • amy bondoc
    October 29, 2017

    han solo!

  • laura banks
    October 29, 2017

    darth vader

  • Solange
    October 29, 2017

    Yoda

  • lorraine kirk
    October 30, 2017

    Jabba the Hutt!

  • Ruth Harwood
    November 1, 2017

    Darth Vadar!

  • Jo Carroll
    November 1, 2017

    C3-PO would be my first choice off of the coding production line.

  • Sarah Austin
    November 1, 2017

    Yoda!

  • Annabel Greaves
    November 1, 2017

    Han Solo

  • Sally Collingwood
    November 2, 2017

    R2D2

  • Debbie Birchall
    November 2, 2017

    r2d2

  • Samantha Stanley
    November 2, 2017

    I’d re-create C3PO. He has such a daft but kind personality and is a little bit ditsy.

  • Victoria Prince
    November 3, 2017

    I would recreate R2D2 in code for starters!

  • Ron Goodwin
    November 4, 2017

    Thank you – BB-8 for me.

  • Catherine Furness
    November 4, 2017

    Chewbacca

  • Lorraine B
    November 4, 2017

    Leia

  • Amy Tidd
    November 4, 2017

    It would have to be Yoda

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    November 5, 2017

    My daughter would definitely go for R2D2.

  • michelle o'neill
    November 5, 2017

    chewbacca

  • MISTY
    November 5, 2017

    C3PO

  • claire griffiths
    November 6, 2017

    chewbacca

  • Hayley Payne
    November 7, 2017

    R2D2

  • jennifer thorpe
    November 7, 2017

    Yoda and R2D2

  • francis lee
    November 7, 2017

    I would love to recreate Darth Vader

  • Kimberley Ryan
    November 7, 2017

    general grievous would be pretty cool

  • Lorraine Stone
    November 7, 2017

    Darth Vader for us.

  • Patricia Avery
    November 7, 2017

    My granddaughter would choose Chewbacca 🙂

  • Clare Hubbard
    November 8, 2017

    BB8

  • Kev Cannon
    November 8, 2017

    Jabba the Hutt

  • Diana
    November 8, 2017

    Yoda

  • Rich Tyler
    November 9, 2017

    Han Solo

  • Sarah Parker
    November 9, 2017

    jaba the hut

  • Katie Bancroft
    November 9, 2017

    I’d want to create Obi Wan Kenobi – he’s smart and a super cool jedi!

  • Rebecca Townsend
    November 9, 2017

    Han Solo

  • Laura Corrall
    November 9, 2017

    I would love to see a wookie they are so cute! My I know my daughter would love to recreate Darth Vader though.

  • Kim Neville
    November 9, 2017

    Darth Vader

  • carol boffey
    November 9, 2017

    yoda

  • Rachel White
    November 9, 2017

    It would have to be the big furry wookie chewbacca

  • Lauren Tourle
    November 9, 2017

    Chewie 🙂

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    November 9, 2017

    Has to be Darth Vader my favourite character

  • donna l jones
    November 9, 2017

    Darth vadar

  • Pauline Wilson
    November 9, 2017

    I would choose an Ewok

  • Gill Mitchell
    November 9, 2017

    I think BB8 would be a really good one.

  • Adrian Bold
    November 9, 2017

    It would have to be Darth Vader!

  • Susan B
    November 10, 2017

    Han Solo would be fun to do and so would BB8.

  • Cathryn Crawshaw
    November 10, 2017

    Darth Vader

  • Anneka Avery
    November 10, 2017

    One of the Ewoks or Ja ja binks

  • Dawn Brodribb
    November 10, 2017

    Has to be R2D2

  • Pamela Gossage
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca

  • Jodie A Green
    November 10, 2017

    BB-8 🙂

  • Livlee
    November 10, 2017

    R2D2

  • Lisa C
    November 10, 2017

    R2-D2

  • Nigel Rummey
    November 10, 2017

    BB8

  • Laura Avery
    November 10, 2017

    An Ewok so cute!

  • LARA Latchem
    November 10, 2017

    Yoda

  • Rachel Butterworth
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca.

  • Diane Wood
    November 10, 2017

    ha ha, you think I understand? Nope! Obviously I’d be leaving that to the tech experts, my young Star Wars mad nephews! I’ll say Darth Vader but I’ll probably be met with an eye roll, what do I know?!

  • sharon stanley
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca first but eventually every single one. I know my fiance would have great fun with this having studied computer science. My father was a programmer so computers were a big part of our upbringing thankfully and we hope to keep the kids up to date too as it’s easy to lose sight of the work that goes into coding when everything seems so easy to use via apps etc.

  • linda curtis
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca.

  • paula cheadle
    November 10, 2017

    chewbacca

  • Sherrill Todd
    November 10, 2017

    Love yoda!good luck everyone we all know a huge star wars fan

  • Christopher Read
    November 10, 2017

    Wicket the Ewok

  • Catherine Gregory
    November 10, 2017

    Yoda

  • ellie spider
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca 🙂

  • Kate Davies
    November 10, 2017

    My son would probably choose a droid like BB8 or R2D2.

  • Laura Lee
    November 10, 2017

    My boys would def say it would have to be Chewbacca

  • Lisa Mcalley
    November 10, 2017

    Oh it would have to be han solo as thats my 3 kids fave

  • Pia S
    November 10, 2017

    Yoda for me but my boys would choose Kylo Ren or even Darth Vader

  • Natalie Crossan
    November 10, 2017

    R2D2

  • Jennifer Baker
    November 10, 2017

    Chewbacca

  • Tammy Neal
    November 11, 2017

    R2D2

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