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Starting With Scratch

Another program I ran during Spring Break was an introduction to Scratch for kids in grades 3-6. We used the adult computer lab (divided in half) for this program. I taught myself Scratch using Help Your Kids with Computer Coding, which is a fantastic book I would recommend for all public library youth collections. I decided to also use this book as the backbone of a program.

So, when the kids came in, I started by showing them some sample Scratch projects to get them excited about the possibilities. Only one of the 6 kids had heard of or used Scratch before so this was to introduce them to the idea. Then we warmed up by learning how to drag and click blocks of code together and started writing the code for the first project in Scratch, a game called Donut Breath. It took about a half hour as a group to work all the code for that project in. They learned how to use variables to create a timer and how to add sound effects.

Then we spent about 10 minutes and I showed the kids how to ha…

Spring Break Minute to Win It

Spring Break seemed like a great opportunity to host another round of Minute to Win It games. I like to use a mix of games we've played at past programs and then sprinkle in some new ones too. This time around we played: Back Flip, Don't Blow the Joker, Penny Hose, Separation Anxiety, and Baby Blockin'.