March 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

DK Publishing to Up-and-Coming Coders: Start from Scratch

This coming Saturday, May 14, is Scratch Day. What’s that, you ask? It’s a global network of events that celebrates, well, Scratch (the coding learning language) and, of course, the young people who code and create with it. DK Publishing has teamed up with the Scratch Foundation at MIT to put together a Computer Coding Kit. It’s full of tools to help libraries host a computer coding event for kids, on the official day, or any day. The kit includes an informational poster, stickers, activity cards, and a glossary of coding terms.

coding-games-in-scratch-251x300The kit works in conjunction with DK’s collection of computer coding books, the latest of which is Coding Games in Scratch. SLJ reviewer Amy M. Laughlin called it “a great resource that pushes Scratch to the limits of its use and entertainment.” The next book in the series is Coding Projects in Scratch (July).

For more Scratch and coding inspiration and ammunition, take a peek at our wealth of articles on the subject, below.

Teaching with Scratch

Of Coding and Compassion

Never Too Young To Code

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | Screencast Tutorial

Apps & More for Maker Spaces | Mix It Up

Life with Raspberry Pi: Sparking a School Coding Revolution

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