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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 11, 2011

Northwest offering Scratch workshops for K-12 teachers

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Teachers are invited to attend "Scratch 101: The Basics" and "Scratch 202: Beyond the Basics," free, one-day workshops geared toward teaching K-12 teachers about the computer program that helps students create stories, animation, games, music and art.

The Scratch 101 workshop will be June 24, and Scratch 202 will be July 8. Both will be at the Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty. Software, lesson plans and lunch will be provided. The workshop also offers an optional one-hour graduate credit.

Teachers who participated the Scratch 101 workshop are encouraged to sign up for Scratch 202, which includes a review of Scratch basics and covers advance topics.

The registration deadline for both events is June 15. To register, go to, e-mail or call 660.562.1600. Limited seating is available.

Scratch is a free computer program from MIT Media Labs for kids ages 8 and up that helps 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 on 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 Judy Clark, Carol Spradling and Michael Rogers. All have worked with Scratch for several years and are passionate about helping teachers master new techniques and incorporate them into the classroom.

Northwest hosted its first Scratch workshop last year, drawing nearly 50 teachers representing elementary, middle and high schools throughout the region.

For more information, contact Michael Rogers at or 660.562.1551.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468