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Scratch & Scratch Jr. workshops

Scratch is a free program that can be downloaded or used online to create endless imaginative stories, games, presentations and simulations.

Scratch Jr. is a free app that allows young children (ages 5-7) to program their own interactive stories and games. In this creative environment, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves on a computer.

BootUp PD is coming to Maryland to help build sustainable programs based on project based, integrated content. Contact MCCE for more information if your district is interested.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a free tablet app developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Tufts University’s Developmental Technologies Research Group. Available on iPad, Android, and Amazon tablets, the app helps kids ages 5-8 learn core coding concepts as they create their own interactive stories and games using PBS KIDS characters. PBS KIDS ScratchJr is available in both English and Spanish, and incorporates PBS KIDS media properties, including characters from Wild Kratts, WordGirl, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, Arthur, Nature Cat, and Ready Jet Go! By snapping together colorful programming blocks, kids can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, they solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively using technology. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids aren’t just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady@usmd.edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin@usmd.edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.