Coding Club for 3rd – 5th graders: More Scratch at the Library starting this Saturday

Above: The Library is offering a new chance for kids to explore coding (image from Facebook)

Earlier this year, the Southborough Library launched a Scratch Coding Club for 3rd to 5th graders. With one series of sessions under their belts, the Library is promoting a second round. And this time around, kids are allowed to sign up for as many (or few) of the sessions as they wish.* 

may and june Scratch flyer
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There will be three Saturday sessions. The first is this Saturday, May 4th from 2:00 -4:00 pm. Upcoming sessions will be held on May 19th and June 2nd.

The program is free and open to newbies or ones who already have some experience:

Children new to Scratch will learn about the essentials using guided exercises while those more familiar with Scratch can work on suggested projects or experiment with their own projects.

To sign up, call the Southborough Library at 508-485-5031.

So, what is “Scratch”? It’s an introductory coding program designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

The Scratch website explains to parents:

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Still confused? Check out this overview video:

The Library’s pilot program is funded by a grant from the Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, and supplemental funding by The Friends of the Southborough Library.

*For the initial series, the kids had to commit to attending each of 4 sessions. The rules will be more lax in this 3-part series.

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