First Day of Scratch: Introduction to Programming

By STEM Paths Staff Writer

April 25, 2015

Saturday, April 18th marked the first SPIN Scratch class held at the SODO Maker Space in Seattle, Washington.  The class introduced the students to computer programming and was conducted by Coach Chris Reeder with the assistance of volunteer Jazmine Kaopua.

Chris began the class by asking the group a question to engage the kids.  The kids went around the group and introduced themselves while saying one thing a computer can do.  Playing games, surfing the web, and learning and interacting were a few of the ideas the kids came up with.

The group brainstorming continued when Chris asked them each to come up with one thing a computer program can do.  After one of the students mentioned design, they all learned that this was something very important to computer programming.  “Design is a huge part of a program,” Chris told them.  “If you don’t have a good design, you can’t program.”

After the engagement exercises, the kids got to dive into the computer.  The group went through a planning program exercise that involved running a program on the computer.  You could tell how much each of them was enjoying the experience by the smiles on their faces.  “Cool!” one student stated as he followed along through the exercise.

By the reactions from the kids throughout the class, it was easy to see how much fun they were all having.  I think it is safe to say that they are all excited to continue learning about programming on the computer.  Coach Chris also had a great time and cannot wait to continue sharing his knowledge with the future generation.