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Scratch is great, especially if you have an elementary school team - 4th &
5th graders.  It is written for that age group.  Even my daughter, who is
six loved doing the Scratch programming cards.  

 

Our elementary school is starting an FLL team for the first time.   Because
we have more applicants than team spots, we will also have a club for all
who applied, which will meet more leisurely after tournaments are over.
However, to pick the children for the team, I ran a summer fun programming
challenge to teach the kids the concept of programming.  The challenge took
place all via email over the summer and we used Scratch.   Weekly
assignments I sent out stepped them through the Fish project at redware.com
- http://www.redware.com/scratch/fish.html.   I tested them on my 9 year old
son first before I emailed them out.   Then, I gave them a few bonus
projects along the way.  They seem to have a lot of fun.  Many of them
seemed "Wow'd" that they could write something like that all by themselves.
All done through email.  I get to meet most of them on Wednesday at our
first FLL meeting.   It is amazing what kids can do!

 

Wendy Bretton

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Radich
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 1:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Check out this site

 

Interesting looking site.


I found this game programming toolkit from MIT similar to how NXTs program
and perhaps a good way for teams to practice their programming skills
without a NXT handy.  

 

http://scratch.mit.edu - I made a few video tutorials about how easy it is
to use:

 

http://www.bitshop.com/Blogs/tabid/95/EntryId/42/Scratch1.aspx

http://www.bitshop.com/Blogs/tabid/95/EntryId/43/Scratch2.aspx 

http://www.bitshop.com/Blogs/tabid/95/EntryId/44/Scratch3.aspx 

 

It's not NXT, but it conveys the logic like NXT IMHO and kids can play with
it at home without needing a NXT kit.  It supports movement, direction
change, bump sensing, etc.  It's all in the context of making games, but
many of the programming logic is set up almost identical.

 

Steve Radich - Founder and Principal of Business Information Technology Shop
- www.bitshop.com 

Developer Resources Site: www.ASPDeveloper.Net  - www.VirtualServerFAQ.com 

  LinkedIn Public Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/steveradich 

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Patrick & Cari Norton
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 12:52 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Check out this site

 

Check out this site.  Cool videos & Teacher training.  

 

http://www.engr.utexas.edu/dteach/resources/dlt/

 

 

Cari Norton

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