ScratchJr: Tinker with Code

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 on how to use iPad or Laptop

    Course Structure

    Lecture, Project-based learning, instructor-led brainstorming sessions

    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

    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

    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


    ScratchJr 1

    Aug 9-13, 2021

    9:30am - 11:30am