Course Overview: The “Introduction to Scratch Coding” course by STEMGuyana offers young learners an engaging and interactive way to dive into the world of programming. Using Scratch, a visual programming language developed by MIT, students will learn the basics of coding through fun and creative projects. This course is designed to introduce students to key programming concepts such as sprites, costumes, backdrops, events, values, conditions, and loops.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Scratch and its interface.
  • Learn how to create and manipulate sprites, costumes, and backdrops.
  • Develop basic programming skills using Scratch’s block-based coding.
  • Understand and apply programming concepts such as events, values, conditions, and loops.
  • Enhance problem-solving and logical thinking skills through coding projects.
  • Create interactive stories, games, and animations using Scratch.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction to Scratch:
    • Overview of Scratch and its features
    • Navigating the Scratch interface
  2. Sprites, Costumes, and Backdrops:
    • Creating and customizing sprites
    • Designing and switching between costumes
    • Setting up and changing backdrops
  3. Programming with Scratch:
    • Understanding block-based coding
    • Basic programming constructs and their applications
  4. Events:
    • Introduction to event-driven programming
    • Using events to control sprite actions
  5. Values and Variables:
    • Understanding values and variables
    • Creating and using variables in Scratch projects
  6. Conditions:
    • Introduction to conditional statements
    • Applying conditions to control program flow
  7. Loops:
    • Understanding the concept of loops
    • Using loops to repeat actions in Scratch projects
  8. Project-Based Learning:
    • Applying learned concepts to create interactive stories, games, and animations
    • Collaborative projects to foster teamwork and creativity
  9. Final Project:
    • Students will design and develop their own Scratch project
    • Presentation and demonstration of the final projects