Beginner's Scratch & littleBits
Schedule: Mon 21 Nov - Fri 25 Nov, 10am-5pm
Ages: 7 - 12
Requirements: No prior experience required
Course fee includes littleBits base kit worth $140 which your child can bring home.
Sign up for a full week of creativity and fun:
- Half a day creating games and animations in Beginner's Scratch Programming and
- Half a day inventing with electronics at littleBits x Design Thinking
Beginner's Scratch Programming
- By the end of this course, your child will be able to create animations and games using the Scratch programming language.
- Learn the basic structure of Scratch programs and the characteristics of computer programming.
- Set up a free online account, share your projects and continue to learn with the Scratch community
- It isn't every day that kids can learn to shape the future.
- Saturday Kids offers an introductory programming class in Scratch, a visual programming language for kids, developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
- In these classes, we get children excited about the wonders of coding. Kids learn to code by creating interactive stories, games, and other projects in Scratch.
- With its modular framework, Scratch makes it easy for kids to have fun while developing important problem-solving skills. Scratch teaches kids to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
- Scratch was designed for 7-16 year olds but is used by people of all ages.
1. What is Scratch?
Students are introduced to the Scratch programming environment by viewing a collection of sample projects, and engaging in an exploratory, hands-on experience in computational creation.
2. Scratch That Move
Students familiarize themselves with the Scratch interface by experimenting with triggers and controlling the movements and looks of their sprites.
3. Making It Up from Scratch
Students practise animating the characters, costumes, and stages they have created, as they learn to add sequences, loops, and events to their projects.
4. Sounds Like Scratch
Students learn to record, edit, and add sounds to their projects!
5. One Scratch Follows Another
Students learn to create and add multiple stages, sprites, and events to their projects. Students explore concepts of parallelism, conditions and variables as they increase the complexity of their projects.
6. Scratch Those Bugs
Students complete their projects by testing and debugging their code using logic and systematic reasoning. Students learn how to upload their projects on their own online Scratch accounts.
7. Share and Present!
Students share their projects with their friends and reflect on their creative experiences throughout the workshop.
littleBits x Design Thinking
- By the end of this course, your child will be able to understand the basic concepts of electronic circuits
- They will get an introduction to Design Thinking, and apply this process throughout the workshop - all the way from conceptualisation through to having a working prototype of their electronic invention!
What if kids can create their own piggy bank which buzzes when they save a coin? Or a toy dinosaur that flashes its eyes when someone is about to enter the room?
little Bits are fun electronic modules that invite kids to get creative while learning. Like Lego, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive blocks that snap together with tiny magnets.
Kids can make wonderfully complex projects with very little engineering knowledge. Learning about electronics has never been this fun!
At Saturday Kids we've created this course to give kids an introduction to design thinking - in a practical and fun setting, using littleBits to bring it to life. They will learn to experiment and explore, understand the users of the products they're inventing and engage their creativity to build prototypes of their own electronic inventions!
For more information on littleBits, please visit http://littlebits.cc
Instructors at Saturday Kids are curious about design and technology. They come from diverse backgrounds such as psychology, design, business and computer science. They are not necessarily software engineers by training, but having taught themselves programming they believe computational thinking and digital literacy are basic skills every child needs.
1. My child is new to computers, programming, electronics and design thinking. Will he / she be able to follow?
The Beginner's Scratch and littleBits Electronics and Design Thinking courses are introductory courses, so no need to worry about that, we'll make sure that all students are following as we progress through the class.
2. My child has done some Scratch programming at school but hasn’t attended any courses. I'm unsure if my child should join the Intermediate level.
For our Intermediate class the requirement is for kids who have already completed an introductory Scratch course which covers all the basic modules that allows your kid to build on a solid foundation.
3. My child is younger than 7. Can he / she join?
Scratch was designed for 7-16 year olds but is used by people of all ages. Sadly, having a 6 year old in the same class as a 12 year old may not result in the best learning environment for the younger student. If your child is very keen, we can organise separate classes if there is a minimum of 4 participants. Contact us directly to enquire.
4. I've enrolled my child, what will he/she need to bring?
We'll provide all materials. You might wish to bring a drink, some light snacks and a jacket just in case your child gets cold or hungry. We'll give the class breaks in between so your child can take that time to sip on some juice and munch on those yummy crackers. For full day camps, bring a packed lunch to have in the lunch break. If you're registering for a class at Fidgets, you and your kids will need to bring socks to enter Fidgets World.
5. Can my child bring his/her inventions home after class?
We'll provide the kids with our own littleBits electronics pieces to create their inventions with, along with craft materials to build a prototype of their invention. The kids can bring home their prototype (excluding the the littleBits electronics pieces, as we'll need those for other kids to enjoy in future classes).
6. My child wants his/her own littleBits electronics kit - where can I find this?
If you would like your child to have his/her own set of littleBits electronics then you can purchase a set of your own at http://saturdaykids.com/shop/ and we can deliver it to class or at home.
- This workshop will proceed with a minimum of 6 tickets sold. We will inform you in advance if the workshop is cancelled. Refunds will be made accordingly.
- We will be filming and taking photographs of the children in our workshop. By registering a child's attendance at this workshop, parents/guardians grant Saturday Kids a perpetual licence to use the student's work, photographs or videos of the student, and other materials for purposes such as publicising or promoting our workshops/events and the students’ accomplishments on Saturday Kids' website or on our partners' websites.
When & Where
Kids will invent the future. What if they start now?
At Saturday Kids, students don't just learn to code. They code to learn.
Kids today live, learn and play in a digital world, so it's never been more important for kids to learn digital literacy.
However, we also recognise that technology is ever changing, what's relevant today might not be so tomorrow. It's nigh impossible to teach a kid everything there is to know...
But what we can do is bring out the curiosity in kids.
With our design-based approach emphasising creation, we create an environment where there is no right answer, kids are free to explore, can put theory into practice and develop the mindset of "I can figure this out myself" instead of being spoonfed the answers.
Saturday kids learn how to learn.
If you're a firm believer that what kids learn on Saturdays is just as important as what they learn in school Monday to Friday, let's chat!
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