Let's teach kids to code

Mitch Resnicks TED talk

Computing at School

Computing At School is delighted to sponsor the Connecting Worlds Scratch Conference 2013.

Computing At School brings together over 4000 people (teachers, academics, IT professionals, parents etc) from the UK all of whom are passionate about seeing computer science taught effectively in our schools.  We have been involved in the development of the new Computing programme of study for the national curriculum for England and Wales that comes into effect in September 2014. The programme of study  includes a significant amount of computer science for both primary and secondary schools.

Many of our teachers are using Scratch to support the learning and understanding of computer science in their classrooms and with good reason.  Scratch has lowered the floor for entry into developing an understanding of computer science through programming but retains enough constructs to maintain a very high ceiling for what can be achieved through its use.  We look forward to both being able to share with you what we have achieved and bringing back other examples of good practice to share with our colleagues in the UK.

Simon Humphreys, National Coordinator Computing At School www.computingatschool.org.uk

Snap extensions

One of the good things op Scratch being open source is that it encourages the development of variants. Quite a famous one is Snap! and when you join the conference you can meet the complete Snap! team in person, chat, play and code with them. And as they live on diiferent sides of our planet that's a very special extra to the allready amazing Scratch Connecting Worlds conference. 

Both Scratch and Snap have ignited hardware extensions for sensing and controlling the outside world. Competion at its best :-)


Yasushi Harada

It's kind of tradition that the people from Japanese Future University Hakodate bring workshops to the Scratch conference. After performing withg the audience at MIT in 2010 and 2012 we'll see in Barcelona the latest on their interactions between Scratch characters and puppets (preview)

Stephen Howell

Stephen Howell is the man behind kinect2scratch, the software that let's you use the sensors of the kinect to interact with your program. Once done you play your games dancing! At the conference Stephen will not only talk about the Kinect but also about the then released LeapMotion, a tiny device that starts shipping July 22nd and can sense all your fingers. LeapMotion2Scratch unleashes its powers to all of us.

Mitch Resnick

The 5th international conference on Scratch will be opened by Mitch Resnick and Karen Brennan. Following is a quote from Mitch Resnicks essay "Learning to code, code to learn." 

(...) The recent surge of interest in learning to code, reflected in sites like codecademy.com and code.org, has focused especially on job and career opportunities. It is easy to understand why: the number of jobs for programmers and computer scientists is growing rapidly, with demand far outpacing supply.

But I see much deeper and broader reasons for learning to code. In the process of learning to code, people learn many other things. They are not just learning to code, they are coding to learn. In addition to learning mathematical and computational ideas (such as variables and conditionals), they are also learning strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. These skills useful not just for computer scientists but for everyone, regardless of age, background, interests, or occupation. (...)

Read the full article at edSurge.

Apps about Scratch

Both Eugeni Catalán and Andrew Sula will present mobile apps for the Scratch user: ScratchRef and StartScratch. You can have a sneak preview at their websites. http://scratchcatala.com and http://www.startscratch.co.uk

Wolfgang Slany

Wolfgang Slany is leading an impressive Catrobat team which brings Scratch style programming to a wild range of mobile devices. We're very happy with his participation in this conference. 

Catrobat is a visual programming language and set of creativity tools for smartphones, tablets, and mobile browsers. Catrobat and the software developed by the Catrobat team are inspired by the Scratch programming system developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Catrobat is a free and open source software (FOSS) project.

Claire Rocks

Claire Rocks (@claireyrocks) will give a workshop with Scratch mod Enchanting so the the robots can do the gardening. 

Poster session

Friday afternoon we end with a poster session in lecture rooms A and B, that's Parrot and Butterfly on the first floor.

Presenters will have 1.2 meter wall and table to present their poster. The posters can be put up allready the day before. We'll have some 3M re-mount spray at hand to glue your poster to the wall. If the room turns out to be to small we can extend into the hall at the first floor.



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