Dhinawan in the Sky



Code Club Australia acknowledges the Kamilaroi/Gomeroi people as the traditional custodians of this story.

First Nations people are the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to Country and culture, and pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Australia’s traditional owners are the world’s first innovators.

Dhinawan in the Sky Story:
In this lesson we are telling the Gomeroi story of the Dhinawan (Emu) in the Sky.

This project was made with the collaboration of Tess Reading, a Gomeroi woman from Tamworth, NSW.

Before you code this project learn more about the Dhinawan in the Sky by reading Tess’ blog post at medium.com/code-club-australia

Tess refers to herself as a Gomeroi Woman. Some people prefer Gamilaroi, Kamilaraay or Kamilaroi.

Oral communication is valued greatly and used widely within Aboriginal communities to understand the past, present and future. We encourage students to record the story instead of typing it.

What you will make

You will make an animation that shows you the different phases of the story of the Dhinawan (Emu) in the sky.

What you will need


  • A computer capable of running Scratch
  • This project is suitable for an iPad too.



Offline starter project bit.ly/mhemu

What you will learn

• How to edit sprites in a Scratch project.
• How to change a sprites costume.
• How to make sprites react when they are clicked.
• How to use coordinates on the stage.

Additional notes for educators

Here is a link to the completed project https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/485386641/

Check out our blog post for this project with tips, curriculum and supporting material at medium.com/@codeclubau