In June 2017, the MIT Media Lab (Boston) added Seamus O’Neill’s vector grids directly into Scratch. In two clicks from startup the Scratch stage can now be made to resemble the squared paper of a copybook. The grids are the magic mix that give extra fun and functionality to Scratch – the world’s leading free teaching resource for Computational Thinking. This book is the first to show the magic of the vector grids in Scratch.
What is Scratch? Scratch is free software that is engaging and exciting. It is the place in which to create games, animations, stories, puzzles, music, simple graphics, maths resources and anything on the school curriculum. It is for all learners, from children at school to adults who just want to learn code as a modern challenging pastime. Scratch was developed to give the thrill of creating something from nothing with easy, colourful, block based, drag and drop code. It is by far the most popular type of coding taught to children and young people from 8 to 18 years of age (and older). It has well over 20 million registered users worldwide.
What‘s in Scratch? Scratch is full of quirky characters and bustling libraries of sprites, backdrops and sound effects. You can even record your own voice overs and add them to your project. Scratch has 10 colour palettes of code blocks (and this book has a free Wall Chart that shows them all at once). There is a second free wall chart especially to help children construct maths solutions using Scratch code and computational thinking.
There is increasing interest among many parents in seeing their children learning to code and there is a corresponding growth of after school code Clubs like CoderDojo. This book is for everyone who wants a new hobby but especially for any teacher or adult encouraging children to create through code.