2011年11月17日星期四

Scratch Workshop - La Salle Primary School

On the 28th of October, 2011 I participated in my first Scratch Workshop as a student intern with a group of La Salle primary school students. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this event because this group of students who came to learn the Scratch program was extremely creative and motivated.

After settling down, the students immediately started exploring the Scratch program before our program commenced. Everyone was energetic and hyper and without a doubt the entire hall was filled with excitement and anticipation!


As our instructor Jun began the workshop, the students learned that they would be creating a maze of their own design - everyone felt anxious and excited once again and answered our instructor’s questions wholeheartedly.


Each student was paired up with another classmate, and they shared the same computer to create a maze together. As each group explored and learned the Scratch program, I noticed that the cooperation and collaboration amongst them boosted the amount of creativity in them – having a partner enhanced their creative power!


Each pair of students tried using the program initially without asking much assistance from us. Many of them were able to comprehend the interface and the computer languages the Scratch program uses!


Most of the students picked up the program’s languages really quickly and easily; many of them even started trying out different commands to see what they would produce and after a series of mixes and matches, some students were able to produce a moving, speaking cat that asks different questions to the player!


After a series of heated and energetic discussions, this group actually managed to create multiple speaking and moving characters in their maze! In fact, each and every group of students had something unique and special about their maze that they were extremely eager to share with the rest of the class!


As each group uploaded their own maze onto the internet, the students immediately tested out different mazes. The group of students not only enjoyed playing through each of them, but they also talked among themselves about the uniqueness of each of the mazes too!


After a continuous 3 hours of creative hard work and dedication, the group of students finally finished this Scratch workshop, however, they were not ready to leave yet as many of them kept trying out different mazes and games!

All in all, I felt extremely lucky to have been involved in this Scratch workshop with this group of students; they were really talented and creative. I hope that they will continue to expand their creativity and use them in their everyday lives!

Photo Gallery:http://comecreatelead.hkfyg.org.hk/webgallery/2011/lsps

Scratch Games:http://scratch.mit.edu/users/lsps

Written by Martin

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