The Ocean Springs Scratch class graduates.

The Ocean Springs Scratch class graduates.

Our first Scratch class was a big success! The classes were held at the Library in Ocean Springs, MS. It was a 4 part series introducing kids (ages 8 -11) to Scratch. We covered lots of topics, and we are super pleased that the kids absorbed it well.

Scratch is a free programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Below is a brief description of what we covered during the 4 week class.

Week 1:

  1. Signed up for a free Scratch account
  2. Became acquainted with the Scratch environment.
  3. Wrote our first program by making Scratchy the Cat move.
  4. Learned about the X-Y Grid used on the Scratch stage.
  5. Learned about algorithms with the PB & J exercise.
  6. Learned about conditionals with the “If” blocks.

Week 2:

  1. Reviewed week 1.
  2. Learned about game design, user input and threading by creating a game of “Tag” on Scratch.
  3. Learned about de-bugging our program.

Week 3:

  1. Reviewed week 1 and week 2.
  2. Learned about variables by adding a “Power Up” to our game of Tag.
  3. Did an offline exercise to demonstrate the concept of variables.

Week 4:

  1. Learned about the Scratch Paint Editor. We explored both the Bitmap and Vector modes.
  2. The kids had plenty of time to create some graphic art of their own. We gave away prizes for the most creative ones. Several were animated.

The class was so popular with the kids and their parents that we have decided to continue at the Library with a monthly Scratch meet-up.