Scratch is one of the most popular programming classes at LA Makerspace. Our space becomes full of enthusiastic, creative thinkers of all ages. We want to provide a place for Scratchers to get-together and work on projects, learn from their peers and experiment with new ideas and technology such as the MakeyMakey.
Please join us for 2 hours of fun!
Note: We are planning on meeting every other week. The in-between week will be to work on other programming languages that may include Python, HTML and more.
The Facilitators are not there to run through a lesson plan, but rather support the Scratchers in their projects.
- Josh Shapiro, Senior at Harvard Westlake
- LA Makerspace Director
- The Occasional Special Guest!
What is a Scratch Club?
A place to get-together with other Scratchers of all skill levels to help each other in a supportive, peer learning environment.
Choose to work on your own project, work through a lesson plan (e.g. http://wiki.classroom20.com/Scratch+Lesson+Plans) or try something new.
Who Uses Scratch?
Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16*, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.
Students are learning with Scratch at all levels (from elementary school to college) and across disciplines (such as math, computer science, language arts, social studies). Educators share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find people on the ScratchEd website.
* Note: The LA Makerspace has had makers as young as 4 or 5 use it and have a ton of fun!
What is Scratch?
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
What Do Parents Think About Scratch?
"I just want to thank you all for making Scratch, and for providing it for free. My kids are doing amazing things that they see as fun yet I know is educational, valuable, and worthwhile. Thank you so much!!!"
"My very shy but technical minded daughter has found this to be a fantastic, safe outlet for her creativity. She spends her free time creating ever more difficult animations and sharing them with the scratch community. The forums provide her with a group of like-minded individuals with which she can hold on a conversation... She now feels that computers, graphic design and animation are something she would like to pursue in the future. Your program has opened a whole new world to her in so many ways, and I thank you wholeheartedly. "
"My son is learning more than I can imagine from your tool. He is not a natural logical thinker but loves LEGO. Your LEGO-like building block structure has moved him forward by light-years in his logical thinking skills...He can snap things together and begin to see the logic reinforced by immediate feedback. Of course we work on some things together--instant father and son time. This is just incredible. Just a big thanks to you and MIT."
LA Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We make opportunities for under-resourced kids to learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills, by leveraging the public library system.