2017-04-13 / Around Town

Learning From Scratch

Manny Simes, an eighth-grade student at Thompson, is creating a piano-like instrument with wires and aluminum foil from a Makey Makey kit and Scratch programming language developed at MIT while mentors Richard Leary and Joanne Reuther observe. (Photo contributed by Beth Cullen) Manny Simes, an eighth-grade student at Thompson, is creating a piano-like instrument with wires and aluminum foil from a Makey Makey kit and Scratch programming language developed at MIT while mentors Richard Leary and Joanne Reuther observe. (Photo contributed by Beth Cullen) SCRATCH, a creative computer tool that has helped teachers on Aquidneck Island engage students in a variety of meaningful, productive and valuable ways of using IT devices, will celebrate Rhode Island Scratch Day on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab, All Saints STEAM Academy, 915 West Main Road, Middletown. Scratch Day is a worldwide network of gatherings, where people learn and share experiences and projects. The public and all educators are invited. "I see coding (computer programming) as an extension of writing, says Mitch Resnick, one of the leaders of SCRATCH. "The ability to code allows you to 'write' new types of things – interactive stories, games, animations and simulations. There are powerful reasons for everyone to learn the code. James Merolla

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