Here are some ways you can get started...


Hello World!

How do we get a computer cat to take a few steps and say hello?

 

The Built-in Tutorial

Just click the little question mark inside a new project.  It goes over the basics. 

 

 

Scratch Cards

These are very useful for learning the fundamentals in a structured and creative way.  We have some printed copies on hand...

Download the whole set here. 

 

Code Art

Write a program that creates interesting patterns or designs...here's an example and a starter kit:

Click the image to go to the project...

Click the image to go to the project...

Click the image to go to the project

Click the image to go to the project


Make an artificial intelligence

The project is here: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/17455244/

The project is here: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/17455244/

This project shows three basic design patterns for making a robot that can talk with you.  http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/17455244/






The 10-Block Challenge

Scratchers all over the world have taken the same ten blocks and figured out all kinds of creative ways to use them.  Here's a link to a blank project with the 10 allowed blocks


Here's some example "first projects" to assign yourself or your students

Build A Maze Game

Something like this can be the foundation of so many types of games.   This comes from the new Creative Computing book, which you can download for free here: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/files/CreativeComputing20140806.pdf

This is excerpted from http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/files/CreativeComputing20140806.pdf

This is excerpted from http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/files/CreativeComputing20140806.pdf

Create an interactive "about me" project 

Another open-ended infinitely expandable idea

Create a "marvelous toy"

It went "zip" when it moved and "bop" when it stopped,
And "whirr" when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will

 -Tom Paxton

In my experience this has been a great project to assign second and third graders, and adults. Kids have high expectations for "games" and don't know what "interactive" is supposed to mean, but a toy that does random stuff is totally appealing to them.   Here's one example: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/22813168/



Starter Kits

Some quick-to-build basics to expand on

Feed the Fish!

Click the picture to visit the project

Click the picture to visit the project

If Cheese Puffs Then...

Click picture to visit the project and remix it. 

Click picture to visit the project and remix it. 

Build a Game with Scoring

Click to go to the project on Scratch and remix it

Click to go to the project on Scratch and remix it

 

Educator links-o-rama:

Scratch: http://scratch.mit.edu

ScratchEd: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu

Offline Version of Scratch: http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download

Scratch Cards: http://scratch.mit.edu/help/cards

Scratch Community Guidelines: http://scratch.mit.edu/community_guidelines

Scratch Wiki: http://wiki.scratch.mit.edu

Scratch Discussion Forums: http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss

Scratch FAQ: http://scratch.mit.edu/help/faq

LEGO WeDo Construction Set: http://bit.ly/LEGOWeDo

MaKey MaKey: http://makeymakey.com

PicoBoard: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10311

Scratch Design Studio List: http://scratch.mit.edu/users/ScratchDesignStudio

Scratch Overview Video: http://vimeo.com/65583694 http://youtu.be/-SjuiawRMU4

Backpack Video Tutorial: http://bit.ly/scratchbackpack

Make a Block Video Tutorial: http://bit.ly/makeablock

Variables Video Tutorial: http://bit.ly/scratchvariables

How can I connect Scratch with other technologies? http://bit.ly/hardwareandextensions

Scratch Chain Reaction Video: http://bit.ly/ScratchChainReaction

 

Computer Science Concepts in Scratch by Armoni & Ben-Ari (available for download at http://stwww.weizmann.ac.il/g-cs/scratch/scratch_en.html 

Seymour Papert's Mindstorms: http://www.amazon.com/Mindstorms-Children-Computers-Powerful-Ideas/dp/0465046746

pdf - http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/mindstorms.pdf