Learning How to Program with Scratch

Introduces computing and Computer Science to a younger audience using the Scratch programming environment.
Course info
Rating
(109)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 25, 2013
Duration
4h 29m
Table of contents
How-to: Installing Scratch 1.4 on Windows
How-to: Installing Scratch 1.4 on Mac OS X
Always Start by Asking Why
Coordinate Systems
Selection
Repetition
Variables
Patterns
Description
Course info
Rating
(109)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 25, 2013
Duration
4h 29m
Description

Interested in learning how to program your computer? Interested in Computer Science? Interested in the connections between computing, Computer Science, and Mathematics? Or maybe you just want to create some computer games? If so, this course is designed for you. Using the Scratch programming environment, we show you how to start building interesting programs in just 15 minutes. And if you give us a few hours, we'll teach you the general skills and principles you need to be successful in just about every major programming language. Scratch makes programming fun and intuitive, yet is extensible and powerful enough to support general computation. Learn Scratch, and you'll learn much more than just creating games!

About the author
About the author

Joe focuses on High Performance Computing and .NET languages. Joe has been specializing in Microsoft technologies since 1992, and is well-versed in Microsoft's High-Performance Computing initiative (HPC Server, Compute Cluster Server, MPI, MPI.NET, OpenMP, PFx), web technologies (ASP.NET and Ajax Extensions for ASP.NET), the desktop (WinForms), LINQ, .NET Framework, and its most popular languages (VC++, C#, F# and VB).

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

How-to: Installing Scratch 1.4 on Windows
Joe Hummel: Hi there. My name is Joe Hummel, I'm a university professor, and I'll be your teacher for this course, Learning How to Program With Scratch. This is just a short how to video for installing Scratch version 1. 4 on Windows. So what you want to do is go to this website, scratch. mit. edu. What we'll do is browse to that website, we'll download the installer, and then run it, and we'll have Scratch installed.

How-to: Installing Scratch 1.4 on Mac OS X
Joe Hummel: Hi there. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor. And I'll be your teacher for this course Learning How to Program with Scratch. This is a short how-to video for installing Scratch 1. 4 on Mac OSX. Basically, what you want to do is browse to this website scratch. mit. edu, download the installer. And then on the Macintosh, you'll drag the Scratch program into the application folder. And Scratch will be installed. I'm going to go out to the Macintosh desktop, and we'll see how that's done.

Always Start by Asking Why
Hi there. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor and I'll be your teacher for this course, Learning how to program with Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our first module, Always Start by Asking Why.

Coordinate Systems
Joe Hummel: Hi there, welcome back. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor, and I'll be your teacher for this course, Learning How to Program with Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our second module, coordinate system. Now, Scratch is the programming language we are using for this course. I'm assuming you have already downloaded, installed and started working with Scratch. In fact, I'm hoping you worked on the homework exercises from the end of the first module. If not, you might want to finish those before continuing here. Why? Because we're going to start with a mini test to check your knowledge of Scratch. ( Pause )

Selection
Joe Hummel: Hi, there. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a University Professor, and I'll be your teacher for this course, Learning How to Program With Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our third module selection. Scratch is the programming language we are using for this course. I'm assuming you have already downloaded, installed, and started working with Scratch. In fact, I'm hoping you worked on the homework exercises from the end of the last module. If not, you might want to finish those before continuing here. Why? Because we're going to start with a mini text to check your knowledge of Scratch.

Repetition
Dr. Joe Hummel: Hi there. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor, and I'll be your teacher for this course: Learning How to Program with Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our fourth module, repetition. Scratch is the programming language we are using for this course. I'm assuming you have already downloaded, installed and started working with Scratch. In fact, I'm hoping you worked on the homework exercises from the last module. If not, you might want to finish those before continuing here because we're going to start with another mini test to check your knowledge of computer programming in Scratch.

Variables
Hi, my name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor and I'll be your teacher for this course, learning how to program with Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our fifth module, variables. Now Scratch is the programming language we are using for this course. I'm assuming you have already downloaded, installed and started working with Scratch. In fact I'm hoping you've worked on the homework exercises from the last module. And if not, you should strongly consider going back and finishing those homework exercises. Why? 'Cause the first thing we're going to do is start off with a quiz to check your knowledge of computer programming and Scratch.

Patterns
Hi there. My name is Joe Hummel. I'm a university professor, and I'll be your teacher for this course, Learning How to Program with Scratch. The goal of this course is to introduce computer programming and computer science to a younger audience. This is our last module in the series on Patterns. Now as you probably know, Scratch is the programming language we're using for his course. I'm assuming you have already downloaded, installed, and worked quite a bit with Scratch. In fact, I hope you worked on the homework exercises from the last module because we're going to start with a short quiz to test your knowledge of computer programming in Scratch.