Inspired by my son’s great experience at CoderDojo Los Angeles, we set up an after school workshop at Webster Elementary in Pasadena to get kids interested in simple programming using MIT’s Scratch. The response was encouraging — many boys and girls eagerly sign up. What was intended to be a one-time intro session for grades three through five, is turning into a programming club that all the kids want to join, including the kindergarten set.
While the kids are all familiar with Chrome books for school assignments and testing, none had been exposed to Scratch. But they took to it quickly – many of them raced ahead of the lesson plan to build their own simple games using the drag-and-drop functionality in Scratch.
Exposing the kids to the possibilities was a great first step. They’re eager to learn and to be creative. And their enthusiasm is contagious.