Scratch is a great way for students to learn introductory coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks and graphics, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of a text-based computer programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs and manipulate graphics. Scratch also brings together communities of content creators by allowing Scratchers to share their work, remix and learn from others.
In this fun, introductory workshop, students will learn about the Scratch environment and then create an animation using coding basics of sequencing, events and loops. A computer with internet connection is required as students will be receiving instruction via virtual meeting software and coding in Scratch at the same time. Experience with a keyboard and mouse and multitasking in multiple applications and windows is helpful. No Scratch experience is required but a Scratch account is recommended if the student wants to save his/her work. Students can create a Scratch account at https://scratch.mit.edu/ with the help of an adult.
Registration is required through Altoona Public Library.