Code School Rocks will be hosting a monthly meet-up for Scratch enthusiasts at the Ocean Springs Library. The first meeting will be held May 9th, 2016 and the meetings will continue on every 2nd Monday of the month. The time is 6:00 – 7:30pm. Everyone is encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in order to get online and ready to code with Scratch.
The Scratch club is aimed at kids ages 8 – 12, along with their parents. Why do we encourage parents to code along with their kids? Well, for one thing its fun, and many parents enjoy learning how to code themselves. Its also a great way for families to bond because writing code requires problem solving and collaboration. Sometimes the younger kids (8 – 10) really benefit from parental involvement because having the parent there helps them stay focused.
- Who is the Scratch club for? Any kid and their parent who want to learn more about computer programming.
- What is Scratch? A project of the MIT Media Lab that helps young people develop new 21st century skills by introducing them to computer science and engineering.
- What do we do at a Scratch club meeting? We create games, animations and artwork while learning the concepts of computer programming. We write code by using a programming language called “Blockley”.
- What should I bring to the meet-up? A laptop with a recent Web Browser (Chrome 7 or later, Firefox 4 or later, or Internet Explorer 7 or later) with Adobe Flash Player version 10.2 or later installed.
- Does my child have to be accompanied by an adult? The library states that any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We strongly recommend that parents code along with the child, but if your child is 10 or older and can follow along with the class ,it is ok if you are not in the room (as long as you are still in the Library). Under no circumstances should you drop your child off for the meet-up.
- Who is leading the Scratch club? Alex and Sharon Eller of Code School Rocks. You can read more about their bios here.
For more information contact Code School Rocks at 228-355-4646 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Scratch, or to sign up for a free account, visit their website.