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January 12, 2013: Elementary Scratch and Pico Board

1/12/13 EWS Scratch and Pico Boards

Registration List for January 12 Scratch/Pico Board Workshop

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Scratch is free software from MIT available at that you can use to create 2-D animations, games, art, and music.

The workshop will take place in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, Room 2447. It is for current 4th-6th grade students. This workshop will be $30 per person. The workshop runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Directions to the Klaus Building can be found here: Please park in the State Street Parking lot which is free on weekends.

WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS!!! Please visit: and go to the "ICE Programs" store and look for this workshop. If you have any questions, please email us at: As always, we look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Before the students arrive, log into the computer with the username and password. Once logged in, enter the Pre survey's url. When they enter the room they will be ready to take the Pre survey.

PRE survey:
POST survey:

Instructor: Christopher Michaud
Workers: Haritha (Lead) and Kamari

Materials: Laptops, mice and chargers (one for every student), extensions cords (2) and surge protectors, Pico Boards (one for every student), pdf of picoboard


Scratch and Pico Boards - connecting the computer to the real world through resistance. Students in this workshop will create musical instruments and interactive art with electronic components, found materials, Scratch, and the Pico Board. We will also learn about how user input means such as sliders and sensors use electrical resistance to communicate with computer programs.

The Pico Board allows you to create interactions with various sensors. Using the Scratch programming language, you can easily create simple interactive programs based on the input from sensors. The Pico Board incorporates a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as 4 additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables.


12:50 to 1:05: Set up students with Internet. Do the Pre-workshop Survey

1:05 to 1:20: Introduction and Demonstration of Resistance

1:20 to 1:40: Attaching Sensors to Scratch Reading and using the Pico Board Sensor Values to control Sound

1:20 to 2:20: Scratch Musical Instrument with Pico Board

2:20 to 2:40: Sensor Values to control Graphic Events (Color, Size, Movement)

2:40 to 3:10: Interactive Art Project

3:10 to 3:40: Students develop their own project ideas. Interactive Sculpture

3:40 to 3:50: Post Workshop Survey

3:50 to 4:00: Demonstrate for Parents and Cleanup

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