Have fun with Scratch and make your own simple computer program!

Drawing of a cartoon cat and Scratch logo

Scratch is a programming language designed for ages 8 to 16.

Kids and teens learn the basics of coding by experimenting with commands, logic, and their own imaginations to create short animated programs on a computer. At the same time, they're building skills to increase critical thinking, strengthen reading, and encourage participation in future careers like software programming, animation, video game production, and many more!

As part of Teen Maker Month, the Teen Librarian at Eastmont will introduce a group to Scratch, using the library's Chromebooks.

We'll explore the prompts at https://scratch.mit.edu (you can do this at home or on library computers, too!) and learn some opening steps: how to make an element change color, move, or make noise on cue, for example. Then you can create your own program! Make your name appear onscreen and turn colors when you click it, or design a simple game that cheers for you whenever your score increases by 10, or tell a story with moving pictures of animals and their speech bubbles. You can explore others' creations on the Scratch site and sign up to publish your own designs and programs.


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Eastmont Branch

7200 Bancroft, Ste 211 Eastmont Town Center
Oakland, CA 94605
Phone: (510) 615-5726