Workshop with Kids – Scratch

Date: May 21, 2018

Members Attending: Alexis, Kira, Lynn

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Project: Workshop with Kids

You have probably heard of Scratch,  a programming language for kids, that uses blocks to create easy games. Scratch has a cool online editor, so you don’t have to install anything on the computers you’ll use. Additionally it is really easy to understand and kids quickly get the hang of it and start building their own games.

To inpspire younger kids to do fun stuff with technology and science, we have decided to offer them workshops . Our first project was using Scratch. We were really excited that 9 children ages 9-11 came to our workshop and they seemed to have a lot of fun.

So Scratch can be found on scratch.mit.edu. Here you just have to click on the tab “Create”. On the page that now open in the left corner, there is the question mark symbol.  By clicking this, you’ll open a window with tutorials.

We decided to let the children choose their own tutorials, because some of them already knew some Scratch. Some children are quite independent for their age, and will just choose something that fits their needs and ask for help. Others need a bit more guidance, you usually have to tell them exactly what to do.

Afterwards it was quite relaxed. We just went from child to child, asking what they were doing. Don’t be afraid to ask them and show interest in their work! By doing this you can not only help them better, but the kids are always proud to be able to show what they have already done themselves.

Hopefully they’ll be back after the holidays. We’ve already started planning something with the Arduino.

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