Scratch 3 hour elementary-workshop details
Remember to take good pictures. Examples can be found here: http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/2242.
Ages: 4th grade to 6th grade
Equipment: laptop for each student, and Scratch Cards printed out for each computer (see http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/Scratch_Cards). Headphones for girls who want to follow the videos themselves on the distance learning website.
Distance learning website projects: http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/19
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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 Animation-2 Ideas and Animation-6 Aquarium. 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://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/197.
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 in Scratch to add a score. See http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/624
Challenge them to create another variable to control how fast the ball moves (speed)
Scratch-speed.mp4. 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. They can make an animated greeting card like the one at http://nebomusic.net/Valentines_Sample.html. They can make a pong game that has two paddles and use the keys to control the 2 paddles. They can do any of the project ideas at http://nebomusic.net/scratch.html.
Have them share what they have created. Show them the Scratch 2.0 platform here:http://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/Scratch_2.0 and show them activities they can do at home.
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 BabyCatch-6-4-2009.ppt for elementary school and SimpleWitchGame-6-4-2009.ppt for middle or high school students.
After each workshop
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