Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art—and share your creations on the Web. Scratch is often described as a tool to teach kids how to program.
At a second glance, it is a worldwide online community of children and adults who create together, share stories with each other, and connect in meaningful ways. But if you scratch the surface even more, you’ll find a rich environment, painstakingly designed to foster expression, learning, and engagement in people of all ages.
This workshop will introduce Scratch, and the profound philosophies that went into creating a tool to help change people’s lives. The tutorial is designed for programmers and non-programmers.
Seth Raphael has a Masters in Magic and Technology. It shows. His performances destroy.
Raised by a pack of hippies and midwives, JjJJjjjJ Silver has been a go-go dancer, a Taco City bus-boy, The Krazy Ice Kream Man, and a Yoga instructor. Now he designs for Scratch, Skin-to-Nature interaction, and Urban Exploration as a seeker in the LifeLong Kindergarten at the MIT Media Lab.
Born in Israel, came to the US, got dissatisfied with school, decided to change the world. Now I teach and make and write and code.
I prefer the company of children. Cool Hand Luke is my hero. If I could date any fictional character, it would be Stargirl or Christine Jesperson. I am the happiest person I know. I fly planes. People can do more than they think. Everything will be OK. I’m going to revolutionize education.
Amon Millner is a doctoral candidate in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group. With a broad interest in supporting invention and creative learning, he develops tools, activities, and spaces for youth to create physical interactions with computer-based objects. Millner is currently leading the efforts to connect the Scratch programming language to the physical world, serving as a principal designer of its sensor board architecture. His research projects and volunteer efforts reach a broad range of learning settings. His current work is shaping core activities in two networks of creative spaces around the world: Computer Clubhouses and Fab Labs. Millner holds degrees from USC, Georgia Tech, and MIT.
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