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What is SCRATCH?

Scratch is a free educational programming language that was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Scratch is designed to be fun, educational, and easy to learn for children. It has the tools for creating interactive stories, games, art, simulations, and more. Scratch even has its own paint editor and sound editor built-in.

Jacob Estebanell

Works with free software, on Windows, Mac or in the Cloud.
Its philosophy is based on the exchange of ideas. You can download, modify and share projects. You can “investigate” the programming behind other people’s applications and create new versions from there.
It’s possible to get started quickly and intuitively, yet one can advance to very complex projects. Moreover, it will change how you look at information technology as you go from being a consumer to being a producer.
It can be used to create playful applications (animations, interactive stories, games etc.) as well as learning tools (algebra, geometry etc.)
Platforms exist to interact with the programming in a physical manner (webcam, Picoboard, Arduino or Lego WeDo) paving the way to an introduction in robotics.
The recommended age is form 8 to 12 years. We are also planning an advanced workshop for older children.
We will also run sessions with parents to show them how they can use the concepts with their children in an educational manner.
In spite of the software’s simplicity, we recommend limiting the length of each session. We have, therefore, opted for 4 blocks of 1,5 hours each, along the following agenda:
An introduction to programing, logging into the web and installing the software.
An explanation of the paint editor interface as well as basic programming blocks.
Intermediate programming blocks.
Advanced programming blocks.
Advanced projects, interacting with the webcam.
All of the sessions are predominantly practical. The concepts are explained while they are being worked on. We look at practical examples of other programs and modify them. In the second part we set ourselves a challenging case based on the concepts we learned and we’ll resolve it with our programming. Participation and collaboration among participants is encouraged.
A follow-up simple robotics workshop is within your reach, using Scratch and specific kits, such as:
Lego WeDO: ideal for ages 8 to 12 because the robots are built using lego blocks.
Scratch for Arduino: basic sensors kit, controller, engines etc. for 1 robot + robot assembly tools. This option is for slightly older children as it requires electrical circuit assembly
Length: 4 sessions of 1-1/2 hrs

Tuesday : 4 | 11 | 18 | 25 of March

from 17:30h to 19:00

Groups: from 6 to 8 participants

Age: from 8 to12

Price: 100€ per person (instead of 159€)


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