The ScratchJr course introduces coding fundamentals and concepts to young imaginative minds. Sometimes referred to as the post-iPad generation, young children born in this generation have gained proficiency and comfort in smartphones and tablets at an early age. ScratchJr is an innovative, new iPad app that teaches blocks-based programming, developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab.
Students start with basic commands including moving sprites forward and turning left/right, then building their own funny stories and characters through sequences, loops, conditionals. Students are encouraged to construct creative games and detail the steps to bring their imagination to reality.
Basic knowledge how to use an Ipad or Tablet.
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Session 1 - 2 : Sprites and Animation using ScratchJr
Introduction to storytelling and creative programming
Familiarizing with the ScratchJr interface and creating first projects
Hands-on: designing and programming ScratchJr projects to learn sprites movements and sequences
Session 3 - 4 : Sprites Speed and Characters Interactions
Introduction to programming motions, speed and distances of sprites
Introduction to events, timing and waiting
Familiarizing with ScratchJr sprites, backgrounds, costumes
Hands-on: designing and programming games to learn speed and motion in ScratchJr
Session 5 - 6 : Loops, Iteration, Sequencing
Introduction to repeat function and loops
Familiarizing with programming iterations, sequencing and the concept of orders in programming
Hands-on: designing and programming ScratchJr games to familiarize with key programming concepts
Session 7 - 10 : Debugging and Game Design and Programming
Introduction to essential elements to games
Learning to plan, implement, test, feedback and present ScratchJr projects
Familiarizing with techniques in debugging
Hands-on: designing and customizing ScratchJr games and demo to the class
We believe in developing a personal relationship with the student. Our instructors are as much teachers as we are facilitators, and coach for our students' learning. By ensuring a small class, each student benefits from maximum attention from instructor and teaching assistant, and at the same time, learns from peers.
Our courses are designed for students to run at their own pace. Our curriculum is level-based for each module, meaning that each student can learn at their own appropriate, customized pace.
First Code classrooms are messy, chaotic and we love it! We believe in hands-on creation, experimental learning and lots of discussion.
What happens after this holiday? Like learning any other language, learning to code is best done through an immersive, continual commitment. We offer a multi-year curriculum that allows students to deepen and broaden their interests in computer science and software development.