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OC Coder held its first Scratch class of the 2015-2016 year on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. 16 students in 4th to 6th grade from 12 different schools met in a classroom at the Northwood facility of Ardent Academy at 2:30 in the afternoon. The class was led by Matthew Tang, the OC Coder director of Elementary and Middle School Programming. He explained the basics of Scratch, what each block can do, and showed some codes for programming games. In 1.5 hours, students were able to make two games, a mouse-chasing game where they can lead the cat with the mouse and try to each as many mice as possible in a limited time, and a ping pong game, where they try to catch the good balls and not touch bad balls with a paddle. The students also had some time to play their games, explore the program by themselves and add creative parts to make it their very own program. They enjoyed their programs a lot. Six OC Coder volunteers were also present in the classroom to make sure each student understood what the instructor was teaching and help individuals when they had questions. At the end of the class, students developed an interest in and learned the basics of the programming which are good for future developments in computer programming.

For more information about Scratch classes, please visit the Elementary and Middle School Programming page.

By Jamie Gu, University High School, Class of 2016