Beginner's Scratch Programming
Schedule: Mon 19 Dec - Fri 23 Dec, 10am-1pm
Ages: 7 - 12
Requirements: No prior experience required
- By the end of this course, your child will be able 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.
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. 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.
1. My child is new to computers and programming. Will he / she be able to follow?
The Beginner's Scratch course welcomes all new programming students.
2. My child has done some Scratch programming at school but has not 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. If you're not sure, email us a link to your child's Scratch profile and we can take a look and advise you.
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. If you're registering for a class at Fidgets, you and your kids will need to bring socks to enter Fidgets World.
- 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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