Alice and Scratch

December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Week, dedicated to celebrating computer science in education. This year, the organizers suggest that everyone try an hour of coding. At Efland-Cheeks, students in kindergarten learned to program Angry Birds through mazes, while students in grades 1-5 created projects in Scratch. Learn more about CSED Week here.

May 18, 2013 is World Scratch Day. We are working to put together an event after school to celebrate the work our students do using Scratch. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in learning more about Scratch, here is a quick guide to get you started on your first project.

At Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, our students learn to program using Scratch, a program developed by MIT, and Alice 2.2, a programming language developed by the late Dr. Randy Pausch. Students use their skills to create short animations. 

One of the fifth grade students created this video for the FBI's Safe Online Schools contest in April, 2012:

Harry Potter "fan fiction" created by a second-grader:
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