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Scratch Coding meets Science… Intrigued? Sign up now!

Science Week Coding:

Learn the beginnings of computer science in this one-day Intro to Scratch workshop and create a Science Mini Game!

If you are already registered, go here on Saturday morning!

Sat 14 Nov, 10 am – 5 pm

*blended online workshop with two live Zoom sessions*

Get an introduction into the free online drag-and-drop programming platform Scratch and learn how to bring your ideas to life with code, using concepts like wait until,  if-then/else and forever.

No previous experience with Scratch required! Aimed at those in 4th, 5th, or 6th class and a parent (especially for the Zoom calls), this workshop will be run by Sabine McKenna of creative computing classes Skerries.

Register now here!

When? Sat 14 November 2020

Where? Online, starting here!

What? A self-guided mini course that will introduce you and your son / daughter to Scratch Coding.

How? Following four short videos and dropping in for two Zoom calls
For more details, see below.

Hello there, young future Scratcher! Are you in fourth, fifth, or sixth class? Would you like to try your hand at creating your own animated story or mini game? Do you have time on Saturday, 14 November 2020? Then join Sabine McKenna of creative computing classes Skerries for this one-day online workshop!

Work on your own from 10 am!

Attend one or both of the live Zoom calls!

Email support throughout the day from Sabine – all emails answered if they reach me by 3 p.m.

The timetable:

10 am: Videos with instructions and examples released

11 am until 12 noon: Zoom call for help and / or inspiration!

Throughout the day, until 3 pm: Sabine is at her computer to answer emails and give support

4 pm: Final zoom call showcasing your work (and last chance for asking any questions directly)

Best if you can zoom in from your laptop, because then you can share your desktop and Sabine can help you really well! But any way is useful.

All you need is access to a computer and the internet, plus a parent to help you set up your free Scratch account and to assist you if necessary – and you’re good to go. The parent should also be there when you attend the Zoom calls!

This free workshop is offered to you by Fingal Libraries.

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So what next?

Sign up for Scratch (see below) and then fill in this form to register!

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Coding is made easy through drag-and-drop code blocks, and the graphics editor allows you to create your own characters or landscapes or…. food stories / games! 🍩🍏🍎🎂🍥🥧🍰🥗

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. See scratch.mit.edu for details and to sign up for a free account.

Already have an account for Scratch? Register now here!

Get ready for the course by creating a user account on Scratch!

This should be done together by parent and child.

1.    Go to scratch.mit.edu, join Scratch and pick a user name

Click on “Join Scratch” in the top right-hand corner, just beside the “sign in” and enter your preferred username in the pop-up box.

Using your actual name is not a great idea, for online safety reasons. So be creative… what would you like to be known as? Remember that this username will stay with you!

A lot of popular ones are already gone, and you may need to try a few before there is one that works.

Combine your first choice with, say, a type of fruit, and it might work!

Scratcherooni? No luck.

Scratcheroonibanana? Yours if you want it!

As I was writing this, BananaSuperman was already gone, but BananaSupermanBanana was still up for grabs.

So having a list of possible combinations ready is a good idea!

Next choose a password. No complicated rules, thankfully – it has to be six characters or more, that’s all.

2.    Enter your details.

Age, gender and country are asked for statistical reasons.

An email address is also required – for verification purposes (Scratch is a very safe online community, so the folks at Scratch need to make sure that each member can be traced back to an email account), and also for account recovery, should a password be forgotten.

3.    Confirm your email address

The parent should now hop over to their email account to open the email from Scratch and to click on “Confirm my email address.” You can confirm more than one Scratch account from one email address – handy if you’re using your email address for yourself and for your son / daughter.