Computational Thinking and Computational Fluency with ScratchJr
This challenge has been written by Stamatis Papadakis – EU Code Week Ambassador Greece and is part of the EU CODE WEEK CHALLENGES.
Target Audience
  1. Teachers
  2. Pre-primary students (3-6)
  1. Beginner
  1. 90 minutes
Recommended Materials
  1. The free app ScratchJr works on various operating systems and types of smart devices .
  2. Also, the ScratchJr website offers plenty of free educational material .
  1. To get familiar with new commands and interface.
  2. To create simple programs with simple cause-and-effect commands.
  3. To perform simple debugging through trial and error.
In this challenge children will integrate CT concepts into their projects by using the ScratchJr app to make their stories more engaging, exciting, and emotional.
  • ScratchJr does not require children to be literate. All instructions and menu options are identifiable through symbols and colours. The challenge can be completed within the classroom, the lab or even in an open space as no internet is required.
  • Children use city as background and use coding blocks to make a car drive across the city.
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Children can use sound and motion blocks and start again blocks to make characters dance.
Children pick a background and a character and use a motion block to make a car drive across the city Children can use the speed block to speed up or slow down a character.
Click here to download this challenge as a word document.