Coding 101 using Scratch
Ages 8 - 12 years
Carry your own lunch
All equipment provided
6 students to a teacher
27 Jul - 28 Aug, every week
Mon to Fri, 9 am to 3 pm
Ark Atwood Primary Academy
Maida Vale, London, W9 2JY
Battersea/Clapham, SW11 1HS
Scratch is the most fun and easiest way to learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, reason systematically, and develop computational thinking. With Scratch, kids can share interactive media they develop such as games, animations, music and stories with people from all over and learn and get inspired by others at the same time. It's the perfect place to start, so let the story begin...
By the end of the course
Learn the fundamental concepts of Computer Programming and have fun with it
Learn to build cool games, stories and animations and share with the online community
Solve problems in a structured way, develop critical reasoning, logical thinking and gain creative confidence
Q: I want to know more. How can I get in touch?
Q: How many teachers would you have in a class?
We aim for 5 students per teacher to maximise learning through collaboration with peers and personal attention from the teacher.
Q: What are the pre-requisites for the course?
Well, as long as your child is at least 9 years old and curious, she/he will most likely thoroughly enjoy learning Scratch.
Q: There's Scratch, there's Python, Java, Web development, Robotics, Mobile App Development and a myriad of other coding courses out there? How do I choose where my child should start?
Scratch has been designed (at MIT) to teach kids how to code in a fun and interactive way. If your child is just about starting on his/her computing journey, or is a visual learner or if you are in doubt, Scratch is the perfect place to start. Once your child learns Scratch, a text based programming language such as Python or Java is a natural (and great) next step.
Q: Where can I find out more about Scratch itself?
Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. The MIT Scratch website here has a lot of information and resources about Scratch. There's also a page for parents.
Each day, we will have three sessions with breaks in between. There will be a mix of offline and on-screen activities through the day to enhance learning and maintain interest.
Day 1: Introduction
Dance exercise to introduce Sequence
Scratch Surprise - First project
10 blocks challenge for familiarity
Debug it !
About me project !!
Day 2: Animations
Theatre performance to introduce Events and Parallelism
Build a Band - create your own musical group
Animate - Bring it alive
Debug it !
Create your own music video
Day 3: Stories
Character and Conversations - Broadcasting messages
Scenes - Backdrops
Debug it !
Day 4: Games
Starting your Dream Game
Extensions and Interactions
Debug It !
Day 5: Extend your game !
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