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Scratch - Oct 19, 2012 - cancelled

This workshop will be rescheduled due to a conflict with FBLA

Christopher Michaud and Gail Chapman will lead this workshop from 8:30am - 4:00pm in the College of Computing Building, Room #345. For directions see Directions to the College of 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.

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.

Public school high school teachers must register on for workshop CTAERNXXXX (look in new catalog). Everyone must also register at: . Teachers must attend the entire workshop, do 2 hours of extra work, and attend a 1 hour webinar on November 15th from 8:00pm - 9:00pm to get 1 PLU.

This workshop is free for Georgia teachers, and if you live > 30 miles from Georgia Tech we may be able to pay for your hotel for Thursday night (2 teachers per room), Thursday night dinner, and Friday breakfast. We have limited funding for this from a NSF grant and will notify you if your hotel room will be covered or not. 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

Out-of-state teachers pay $140. Checks for $140.00 should be made out to Georgia Institute of Technology and sent to:

ICE Programs
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:
Event driven programs
Sensors (input devices)

Scratch website
WeDo reference with Scratch
WeDo projects with Scratch
Scratch Day website (May 19, 2012)
Scratch website for educators
Georgia Tech's distance learning website for Scratch
One of the CS Principle Pilots that uses Scratch

Proposed Agenda:

8:30am to 8:45am - Introductions and installation of software
8:45am - 9:45am - Creating 2D animations in Scratch
9:45am - 11:00am - Adding to a simple game in Scratch
11:00am - 12:00am - Working with LEGO WeDos in Scratch (driving or flying game)
12:00pm - 12:30pm - lunch
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Interactive art in Scratch
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Creating madlibs in Scratch
3:00pm - 3:45pm - Working with PicoBoards in Scratch
3:45pm - 4:00pm - post surveys

Workers: Naomi Robert and Rita Koslov, Christopher Michaud and Gail Chapman (leads)