Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Scratch Day in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Know any kids in grades 2-6 who would love to learn how to create their own video games? Register them today to join me for Scratch Day at Oklahoma City University on Saturday, May 14, 2016! Scratch Day is an annual event sponsored by the MIT Media Lab to promote coding, digital creativity, computational thinking, and more! Almost 300 locations worldwide, as of this writing, are hosting events on Scratch Day!

Scratch Day 2016 Flyer (Oklahoma City) by Wesley Fryer, on Flickr
Scratch Day 2016 Flyer (Oklahoma City)” (CC BY 2.0) by  Wesley Fryer 

Do you:

  1. Live in or near Oklahoma City?
  2. Have or know kids in grades 2 through 6 who are interested in coding and games?

If you answered yes to both these questions, head over to The Div Jr’s website and get them registered! More information about this Oklahoma City event is also available on the official MIT Scratch Day website. Some of the teachers who participated in the Div-sponsored Scratch Camp Educator Training on Saturday, April 16th at Casady School will also be joining to help facilitate.

Scratch is a fantastic, free online platform for coding which allows kids of any age to create animations, interactive stories, games, and more. More schools are introducing students at all levels to coding via “The Hour of Code,” and Scratch is a wonderful and supportive community for students to continue developing their coding skills. It’s also tons of fun!

Please share this event and invitation with other Oklahoma students, teachers, parents, families, and community members you know who might be interested. The Div is a 501.C3 nonprofit based in Edmond, Oklahoma, working to provide more opportunities for students to learn coding and STEM skills. Follow them on Twitter (@thedivorg) and Facebook for more updates.

This 74 second video provides a nice overview of Scratch and why it’s such a powerful and supportive platform as well as community for learning coding. All students participating in Scratch Day are encouraged to create a FREE account on the Scratch website before the workshop, and bring the userID and password so projects can be saved online!

What is Scratch? from Lifelong Kindergarten on Vimeo.

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