ScratchKids is a workshop on Scratch held at the Surrey Children's Festival & Burnaby Discovery Day and lead by students from the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. The workshop's goals are to introduce children to a new media tool for making stories, games and art, for a creative outlet when at the computer.

Children between the ages of 8 to 13 take part in our half-hour digital media workshop. In pairs, they create interactive stories using Scratch, a simple programming language for children. Their creations are then uploaded to this website for them to download and continue working on at home.

This year's workshop runs from Thursday, May 26th to Saturday, May 28th, 2011.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a visual programming environment, developed by the M.I.T. Lifelong Kindergarten Group, that facilitates the creation of interactive stories, games, music, and digital art. Scratch lowers the barriers for novice programmers in the creation of digital media, and promotes learning and reflection on mathematical and computational ideas, creative and critical thinking, logic, and collaboration.


Please email Andrew at ah05a sfu.ca should you have any questions about the workshop.