Learn the elements of basic programming using the innovative SCRATCH programming platform developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. SCRATCH lets student developers assemble pre-compiled code blocks, forcing them to focus on developing conceptual programming skills that can be applied to any advanced programming language. Hands-on chat sessions guide students in the use of Scratch in "real time", so that students create executable animation programs in the very first session. Course materials are based on "Starting from Scratch", a textbook designed to introduce programming concepts, including function calls, loops, if-then-else logic, and iteration to novice programmers of any age.
Course Website: Introduction to Programming with Scratch
Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Starts: June 17, 2020
Ends: August 12, 2020
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Students should be familiar with their computer, able to use a mouse to move and drag objects, and able to execute programs.
There will be no class the week of June 28-July 4.
Textbooks and Materials
This textbook is required:Starting From Scratch [Edition 1], Authors: Jeremy Scott
Publisher's website: Starting From Scratch
Best sources: Download free text PDF from the publisher's website.
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Classes start August 31, 2020. Enroll by August 20 to attend orientation to avoid late enrollment fees.