Scratch Day Canada, Feb 22, 2013

 

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CanCompEd Day, Feb 22, 2013, will also be Scratch Day Canada. The timing of the event will make it easier for Canadian Computer Science Departments to host visitors on their campuses that day, which happens during a week when many universities do not have regular classes.

Scratch, developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT, is a very accessible visual programming language that makes it easy to “create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games — and share those creations online”. To down load Scratch and get started go to http://scratch.mit.edu/.

Have a look at this new video about Scratch: http://tedxbeaconstreet.com/reading-writing-and-programming-mitch-resnick/

We are pleased to support Scratch by planning a special Scratch Day Canada to coincide with Canadian Computing Education Day.

Look for events near you, or host your own (http://day.scratch.mit.edu/resources) [and be sure to tell us about it].

Please help to spread the word?  If you live near one of the universities or colleges  listed on the website (http://www.cancomped.ca/events/), please let them know that you are excited about Scratch Day Canada.  If your own school can host an event, please let us know so that we can add you to the list CanCompEd events.

For example, the University of Regina, is planning to host a day of events on Friday, Feb. 22.

One activity will be the binary guessing game (http://scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/binary-guessing-game-activity) and there will be others!

For further information about Scratch Day Canada please contact the webpage administrator at admin@cancomped.ca or

Daryl H. Hepting, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, CW 308.22

University of Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2

dhh@cs.uregina.ca  *  http://www.cs.uregina.ca/~hepting