Janet Piehl
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Scratch Day @ WPL

Hey everyone,

We had a Scratch Day celebration this Saturday.Some good stuff came out of it and I want to tell you about it! I had help from our teen/tween volunteers and also Jeff Sweeton from the computer clubhouse (Brian's worked with him before) and Ricarose Roque, a computer program developer at Northwestern who's going to work on the Scratch team at MIT next year.



We had about 40-50 people there, kids and adults. A few librarians from local libraries stopped by, looking for… Continue

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Scratch Contest, part deux

Voting is now open in WPL's Scratch contest. You guys can vote, too! See what the kids did here:
http://scratch.mit.edu/users/wplsnow

So...we had three real entries and one "exhibition" entry that was made by a kid and his dad (but the dad did all the programming). I would've liked more, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Let It Snow! Scratch Contest

As promised, here's the story about WPL's Scratch contest. (This actually has nothing to do with the grant, but I thought you'd be interested nonetheless!) Kids are invited to make a project featuring snow--snowflakes, a snowball game, a ski race, falling snow, etc. They give their projects to me and, in February, I'll post them on the Scratch website. The project with the most Love Its wins. The winner gets a gift card for Borders and their project will be posted on our website.



The… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 11:25am — 3 Comments

Last Scratch!

On Saturday I had my last Scratch program for this grant! After this Brian has one more program and then WPL will be done.



So...on Saturday I ran an open studio. Unfortunately all of our teen volunteers were busy, so I had to run it by myself. I'm starting to think we need a bigger pool of volunteers, but that's another story. Anyhow, it was a full program with a waiting list. We ended up with 11 kids, about half new people and half repeat attendees. We made winter… Continue

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Turkey Hunt and Rambling

This past week we had a two-part workshop. Most of the kids in Wilmette were off school for the whole week before Thanksgiving, so we had a full class with a waiting list. Unfortunately, the high school students were in school, so I didn't have a teen volunteer to help out.



Our project was making a Turkey Hunt game (see my last post for the project). I think the project is cool, and in general the kids liked it. But I have to say it was a little long and challenging for this group,… Continue

Posted on November 28, 2009 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

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