Barbara Ericson will lead this workshop from 8:30am - 4:00pm in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, Room #1447. For directions see Directions to the Klaus Advanced Computing Building. Scratch is free software from MIT that can be used to teach introductory computing concepts such as variables, loops, conditionals, message passing, event-driven programming, lists, and strings. Scratch can be used to teach all the programming standards for Computing in the Modern World. It can also be used as early as elementary school (ages 8 and up) to introduce students to computing. It is used at Harvard to introduce undergraduates to computing.
All teachers who attend will receive a copy of the book Scratch 1.4 Beginners Guide by Michael Badger.
Teachers will do several hands-on projects in Scratch: how to create 2d animation, how to make a simple game, how to make interactive art, how to make a madlib, and more. Teachers with experience in Scratch can do more advanced projects. Teachers will also work with the LEGO WeDo kits and PicoBoards to make projects that interact with the real world.
This workshop is free for Georgia teachers, and if you live > 30 miles from Georgia Tech we will pay for your hotel for Friday night (2 teachers per room), Friday night dinner, and Saturday breakfast. Alchohol is not covered! If you would prefer a private room you will pay 1/2 the hotel cost. We will cover parking for Georgia teachers who stay at the hotel and reimburse parking for Georgia teachers who do not stay at the hotel. We will pay for lunch for all teachers. Space is limited to 30.
Please bring a laptop if you have one, or notify us if you need to borrow a laptop. If you have any questions please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out-of-state teachers pay $140. Checks for $140.00 should be made out to Georgia Institute of Technology and sent to:
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0280
After completing this workshop teachers will be able to:
Create simple 2D animations in Scratch
Create simple games in Scratch
Create interactive art in Scratch
Create madlibs in Scratch
Use LEGO WeDo and/or PicoBoards with Scratch
Teacher will learn ways to introduce the following computing concepts: