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Northwest Missouri State University


Alumni News

April 8, 2010

'Scratch: The Workshop' for K-12 teachers coming to Northwest in June

Area teachers are invited to attend "Scratch: The Workshop," a free, one-day workshop geared toward teaching K-12 teachers about the computer program that helps students create stories, animation, games, music and art.

The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 in Colden Hall on the Northwest campus. Software, lesson plans and lunch will be provided. The workshop offers an optional one hour graduate credit.

The registration deadline is June 1. To register, send your name, school, e-mail address and phone number to dianeh@nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1600. Only 48 seats are available.

Scratch is a free computer program from MIT Media Labs for kids ages 8 and up that lets them create stories, animation, games, music and art. It reinforces key mathematics and computer science concepts that all students should know, and it helps them think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.

Scratch uses a metaphor of puzzle pieces to control images on the screen. Each piece performs one task, but they snap together, like puzzle pieces, to make more complex actions. In seconds, students can have animals, or any of the images they choose, scurrying around the screen and making sounds.

Presenters will consist of faculty in Northwest's computer science and information systems department, including Scott Bell, who has extensive experience teaching Scratch to students.

For more information, contact Michael Rogers at michael@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1551.