Our goals are not only to teach kids how to use powerful creation & development tools, but to teach kids how to "THINK" in ways that broaden 21st century & STEM thinking skills.
We want to help create design
& computational thinkers !
2012 - 2013 Middle School Technology Leadership Group
Scratch is a simple developers tool kit and programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and then share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch programs and projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
This course will introduce students to Scratch project programming and game development basic concepts.
Intermediate Programming with Scratch will explore the full range of Scratch programming blocks. This class will spend considerable time exploring variables, lists, loops, and conditionals so that students can apply these concepts into projects and demonstrate their proficiencies by constructing algorithms that create generative art projects
This class assumes the student has either completed the "Basic Programming & Game Development with Scratch" or is reasonably familiar with Scratch and can create a simple Scratch game.
The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. - http://www.finchrobot.com
The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming.
The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:
- Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors
- Full-color beak LED
- Pen mount for drawing capability
- Plugs into USB port - no batteries required
The Finch is manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.