Our second annual Scratch Day–sporting a circus theme for concurrent workshops–will arrive this Saturday afternoon at the Arlington Career Center in Virginia. We’ve expanded our program this year to run three concurrent hands-on workshops (rings!) for teachers, parents and kids. The latest version of Scratch, the MIT Media Lab’s fabulous interactive authoring software, is installed in each of the computer labs. We also expect to be able to show a new release of Scratch 1.4 that runs on the OLPC XO-1 laptop with support for the built-in camera and the Journal file system.
Our special guest is Michael Badger, author of Scratch 1.4: Beginner’s Guide. Michael will help lead one of the workshops. His publisher, Packt Publishing, has generously sponsored our event with several copies of the book to raffle and book discount flyers.
Here is the event schedule:
1:00 – 1:30pm Check in, main lobby
1:15 – 1:30pm Welcome and orientation
1:30 – 3:30pm Scratch workshop for teachers re-certification class
1:30 – 3:30pm Scratch workshop for parents and teens
1:30 – 3:30pm Scratch workshop for young children (8 – 12 years old)
3:45 – 4pm Raffle prizes and closing remarks
The Scratch Team at MIT has produced a couple fun promotional videos.
And there’s much more to celebrate besides the software itself: The Scratch Team won a $194,000 grant from Reimagining Learning to take the software to version 2.0, and recently, the 1 millionth project was uploaded to the Scratch web site! Watch this video about Scratch 2.0.
Thanks again to Packt Publishing!
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