Scratch is a programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Scratch makes it easy for children to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share these creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is “in line” with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) programs in schools which seek to cultivate a love of problem solving, inquiry, collaboration, creativity and computational thinking.

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I will be facilitating and leading two “Scratch Camps” this summer through The Div Jr., a youth education program of the 501.c3 nonprofit, The Div, based in Edmond. The first Scratch Camp of this summer is for student/parent teams. Participating students entering 3rd through 8th grade are eligible. It will be offered:

Friday June 8, 5 – 8 pm
Saturday June 9, 9 am – 3pm

A fee is charged for this 2 day event, but scholarships are available. More information is available on:

Please share this information and PDF flyer with others you know who may be interested! As far as I know, this is the first Scratch summer camp to be offered in Oklahoma. Hopefully this program and camp experience can expand to different schools, after school programs, and community outreach programs in our state in the future.

Learn more about Scratch and the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab on:

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I’m in the process of developing online curriculum for Scratch Camp at the Div, based on the Scratch curriculum I used in Spring 2011 in the “Technology 4 Teachers” course I taught at the University of Central Oklahoma. I’m facilitating a morning orientation session about Scratch for teachers and adult facilitators for Scratch Camp this Saturday, May 26th. If you’re interested in joining us for this free Scratch orientation session, please contact Lindsey Miller at The Div.

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