Scratch is a great way for students to be introduced to coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks (think digital LEGOs®) instead of text, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs of instructions, if/then statements, loops, expressions, and so on. Scratch also brings together communities of content creators by allowing Scratchers to share their work, remix and learn from others.
Students age 8 and above will learn coding basics in this fun introductory Scratch workshop. At the end of this workshop, students will have created a basic animation using sequencing, events, loops and graphics. After this workshop, students will be able to:
- Change the appearance of a sprite or graphic
- Sequence instructions to move a sprite
- Loop or repeat instructions
- Use an event listener to trigger instructions
No experience with Scratch is needed, but experience with Hour of Code or other coding-related content is helpful. Parents, we encourage you to enjoy this learning experience with younger students. Computers are limited so registration is required through the Franklin Avenue Library.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and is available for free at scratch.mit.edu. Support materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.