Avoiding Potholes


Today I had the pleasure of introducing Scratch to some of Lisa Brown’s students at Goochland Elementary School.

While some students had used Scratch in the past, some had not! I started with an example file (available here with instructions) that gives students the problem of how to form a game using the character of a car and the foe of a pothole. It’s an open-ended project, although one solution is provided in the link above.

Scratch is free software that runs on Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux. While students see it as game- and story-creating software, it’s an “introduction to programming” tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).