Scratch Programming for Kids Online Course

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Scratch is designed especially for young people ages 8 to 16, but people of all ages create and share with Scratch. Younger children may want to try ScratchJr, a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

What's covered?

We say that learning though play happens when the activity: five characteristics of play that leads to deeper learning

  1. is experienced as joyful
  2. helps children find meaning in what they are doing or learning,
  3. involves active, engaged, minds-on thinking,
  4. as well as iterative thinking (experimentation, hypothesis testing, etc), and
  5. social interaction.

How are the Classes delivered?

Students will learn via Zoom. The instructor will have access to view their screens and help them with their code. 

There will be a challenge combining everything learned in the course. Students will communicate with the instructor and each other via Zoom.

We will take turns sharing our screens and our code. The class is approximately 1 hour.

Programming helps kids to learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills required to succeed in the 21st Century. 

The Program is organized around a framework that we call the “Four P’s of Creative Learning”: Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play.

It describes why and how parents and educators should provide children with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit. 

The ultimate goal: To help children develop as creative thinkers, so that they can create new opportunities for themselves and shape the world of tomorrow

The future of the world lies in the hands of our children. Help us shape them.