Intro Scratch 3 hour middle-to-high school details
Ages: 6th to 12th grade
Equipment: laptop for each student, can pair students if have to
Before each workshop
During each workshop
15 minutes: do pre-surveys
Explain that Scratch is free software created at MIT that lets you create 2D animations, interactive art, and games. Show the Scratch website http://scratch.mit.edu. Show the students the support page at http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/ and the video page at http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/Videos. Have them view the "How to use Scratch intro" video (the one on the right). Show them how to open the Examples folder and look at the Animation folder and pick 8-DayDream and in the Music and Dance folder show them 6 BreakDance and maybe 2 ChickenNoodleSoup. Then show them how to do start a Scratch project using the green flag and how to end it with the red stop sign. Show them where to find the documentation on a Scratch project (in the File menu). Give them about 10-15 minutes to just open and play with Scratch projects. You can also show them the Scratch cards (at http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/Scratch_Cards) and have them try out one of the ideas from a Scratch card.
Show them how to create a simple 2D animation in Scratch. See http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/16/
Challenge students to create their own animations. Have a couple of students show what they created and explain it.
Show them how to modify the pong game (Games 4-Pong) in Scratch to add a score. See http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/17
Challenge them to create another variable to control how fast the ball moves (speed). See http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/18
They can also add more than one ball if they want. Have some students show what they have created.
Work on their own game or animation in Scratch. See http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/19 or http://learnscratch.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=169&Itemid=254 for ideas.
Have them share what they have created.
Last 15 minutes:
Do the post-surveys! We must have a post-survey for each pre-survey!
For more advanced students try to create a simple game in Scratch. See http://home.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/19
After each workshop
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