Scratch is an amazingly powerful, yet simple to use, programming language for young students. It brings together mathematical ideas, computational thinking, art, and design, as well as creative and logical problem solving. It engages students in higher order thinking in a cleverly structured and fun to use environment. It has applications in just about every curriculum area, and can be used with children as young as kindergarten, right though to high school.
While Scratch has been around for a few years, the current version is quite different from the way it started out. It is easier to use, is better designed, delivers even more computational thinking concepts, and runs entirely in a web browser. If you have never used Scratch before, or have not made the move to Scratch 2.0, this session is for you!
We cover the basics of Scratch, and will quickly get you up to speed with its key ideas and get you creating simple programs and games that might surprise you.
This is a hands on practical session, so bring a laptop with a modern browser and expect to do some work! (Note: At the time of writing, Scratch does not run well on an iPad)