Scratch is the best educational programming software for kids available today. With Scratch, you can create games and interactive art projects all while having lots of fun!
IMPORTANT NOTE: This course was made for Scratch 2.0. On January 1st, 2019, Scratch 3.0 was released on the Scratch website. However, you can still use the Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor. This course will be completed updated for the new 3.0 version in mid-2019. The information here is still relevant to using Scratch 3.0, though it doesn’t cover 3.0’s new features.
Designed by the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group for 8 to 16 year olds, Scratch is a free programming environment that runs in your web browser. But Scratch users consist of people of all ages, including younger children with their parents. The software makes it easy for anyone to start developing their programming and problem-solving skills.
I’m Al Sweigart, the author of several programming books for kids and beginners. This course follows the content of my latest book Scratch Programming Playground, which you can read for free online under a Creative Commons license. This is my second Udemy course following my highly-rated “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Programming”.
This course (and supplemental book) covers the creation of several classic games like brick Breaker, Snake, and Fruit Ninja. Instead of memorizing a list of programming concepts, you’re guided through making these games and picking up programming concepts on the way. The lectures follow the 6 game and computer art projects, along with additional content on debugging and experimenting with Scratch.
This course won’t make you a software engineer or app developer, but it can provide kids with fun activities and give parents and K-12 teachers the training they need to help children learn to code. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of Scratch and its community of millions of users.
Who this course is for:
- Kids ages 8 to 16 who want to make fun programming projects.
- Parents who want to help their kids learn to program.
- Teachers, including non-technical instructors, who want to guide afterschool coding clubs.
- This is not an introduction to becoming a app developer or professional software engineer.
- How to use a mouse (right-clicking, dragging).
- Typing proficiency is helpful but not required.
- No previous programming experience is needed.