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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 26, 2013

Northwest offers fourth annual Scratch workshop for K-12 teachers

The Northwest Missouri State University Kansas City Center in Liberty will host the University’s fourth annual Scratch Workshop and Summer Camp in June to educate area teachers about software developed to help students think creatively with a computer.

The workshop is designed to introduce K-12 teachers to technology they can use in the classroom. Scratch is kid-friendly software that allows students of all ages to create computer games, animations, stories, art and music to help them develop problem-solving skills, creative thinking, systematic reasoning and teamwork in a way they find entertaining.

For the first time this year, teachers can choose to study Scratch as well as App Inventor or Scribbler Robots. App Inventor lets kids write apps they can run on Android devices using a Scratch-like interface. Scribbler Robots allows kids to tap into the thrill of robotics. Each of these technologies can energize students and help them think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.

The workshops are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, and Friday, June 21. The second session will be offered in a summer camp format, allowing teachers the opportunity to practice using the software with students. There will be a development session in the morning and time for classroom experience with a group of K-12 students in the afternoon.

This is the fourth year Northwest faculty have hosted the event. For the third consecutive year the Scratch workshops are possible with the help of a Google CS4S Grant, a grant designed to promote computer science in high schools.

To register or to learn more about Scratch Workshop and Summer Camp visit

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