Notes from Scratch Day at Packer yesterday

The Packer Collegiate Institute hosted Scratch Day yesterday. It was a low-key informal day of sessions and open spaces devoted to exploring ways to program in Scratch.

As per Scratch’s About Page:

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Thank you to Jason McDonald and Chris Kavanaugh from Packer, Michael Tempel from The Logo Foundation, and a team of generous organizers and instructors for designing such a successful event. It was fun to pop in on sessions led by people I know and admire: Steve Farnsworth from UNIS, Jaymes Dec from Marymount, Hope Chafiian from Spence, and Francesca Zammarano from UNIS.

A highlight was the UPod team from Rutgers University led by Michael Littman. In a session entitled, Towards a Scratchable Home, they shared their site http://scratchabledevices.com and showed how they are interfacing with physical appliances using BYOB (BYOB = Build Your Own Blocks and is an advanced offshoot of Scratch…)

The schedule of sessions is on the wiki’s home page:

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A few photos from the event:

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Movie of a Pong game with the most annoying sound effect ever:

Movie of a drum sequencer:

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