DT Challenge - 5/6 Blockly - Space Invaders

Enlist now to command an alien space fleet to save your home planet from global catastrophe. Build a fleet of drone ships using advanced top-secret technologies, like algorithms, sequence, iteration and branching. On your journey to Earth, meet the Doctor, slingshot around a black hole, land on distant moons and mine for valuable resources. Your mission is to outsmart Earth’s Global Defense System in your quest for precious water.

We are counting on you, Commander! Long live the Zargan Empire.

Watch the mission briefing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6tq8UuUpXw

To do the challenge offline use this guide to support students.

Additional details

Year band(s) 5-6
Content type Tools for learning, Student challenges
Format Web page
Core and overarching concepts Implementation (programming), Computational thinking
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Define problems in terms of data and functional requirements drawing on previously solved problems


Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems


Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input


Explain how student solutions and existing information systems are sustainable and meet current and future local community needs


Design a user interface for a digital system


Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition)


Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols

Technologies & Programming Language​s other programming languages
Keywords Data: Collection, Representation, Interpretation, Specification, Algorithms, Adaptations, Science, Branching, Interaction, Input, Output, Australian Computing Academy, Blockly

Australian Computing Academy


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