Engage your students in physical computing with the Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor, meant to motivate them to collaborate, promote computational thinking, and encourage creative problem solving. They can make a Sprite move in response to the sensor spinning, tilting, or falling, or create an interactive art project using the sensor’s force data.
We’ve designed a full module of Vernier Scratch activities—including a teacher’s guide—that helps students sharpen coding skills and gain valuable experience with data‑collection technology.
These example projects introduce students to many fun, creative ways to use the Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor.
Help your students engage with coding through these free interactive activities. No sensor is required, but each activity offers an optional extension using the Go Direct Force and Acceleration Sensor.
This activity gives students the opportunity to use coding to make dynamic, interactive art. Students write code in Scratch to create a parallax effect that gives their landscapes depth and complexity.
This activity challenges students to use block-based coding to tell the story of Isaac Newton’s “year of wonders.” Once they’ve told the story of Newton in quarantine, they can use code to tell their own stories about their lives in quarantine.
This activity starts with a nearly empty Scratch project that includes only a highway backdrop and a pair of sample sprites for an ambulance and car. When students are finished, they have a playable game.
Students code an interactive sustainable living poster promoting green‑living ideas with their peers.
In this coding activity, students use block-based coding to build a lunar lander game with custom sprites and stages.
This activity combines coding and an exploration of the ideal gas laws. Students can change multiple variables and observe changes.
All of the beginning and intermediate-level Vernier Scratch activities above are available to download as a complete course module for your convenience. The module also includes a teacher guide to help you best utilize these activities in your class.