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Scratch Meetup for Educators


Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Scratch Meetup for Educators

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Celebrate Scratch Day, May 9!

Join us at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center for a three-hour Scratch Meetup for Educators! BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop), if possible.

A meetup is designed so participants can customize their learning based on their needs and interests. The meetup will include:

  • Networking (meet other Scratch educators) & Intros
  • Participatory schedule-building
  • Hands-on breakout sessions, such as:
    • Getting Started with Scratch
    • Scratch and LEGO WeDo
    • Scratch with Middle Schoolers
    • Scratch with High Schoolers
  • Discussion break-out sessions, such as:
    • Scratch & Scratch Ed online communities
    • Using Scratch in informal education, or with curricular areas or age groups
    • Teaching computing concepts with Scratch
  • Show & Tell, Lunch, Reflection

Who should attend?

  • Educators (teachers, youth educators, informal educators)
  • Beginners who would like to learn Scratch
  • Advanced Scratch users who would like to share project


What's Scratch?

Scratch is  a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations - and share your creations with others around the world.  In the process of designing and programming Scratch porjects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.  Scratch is a project of the LifelongKindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.  It is available for free at

Parking at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is convenient and free. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Please plan to bring your own laptop! Free wireless is available. A limited number of laptops will be available to borrow.


Have questions about Scratch Meetup for Educators? Contact CAITE, CSTA of Western MA, MGHPCC

When & Where

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow St
Holyoke, MA 01040

Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education) works to design and carry out comprehensive programs that address under representation in information technology (IT) education and the workforce. CAITE focuses on women and minorities in groups that are underrepresented in the Massachusetts innovation economy; that is, economically, academically, and socially disadvantaged residents. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAITE is led by UMass Amherst in partnership with BATEC, CITI, and 14 higher education institutions across Massachusetts. For more information on CAITE see


CSTA of Western MA is the local chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Meetings are held monthly in Holyoke and online. More information at


MGHPCC (Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center) is a data center dedicated to research computing. It is operated by five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. It serves the growing research computing needs of the five founding universities as well as other research institutions. More information at

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