In this course, students learn how to build video games and animations using MIT's Scratch platform. Together with their global partner student, they create and share animations, co-design video games and learn about each other in the process!
Design and build animations, games and other programming projects using MIT’s “Scratch” platform.
Exchange videos with Global Partners to learn about each other‘s culture.
For Grades K-2 (5-8 year olds): This is introductory coding with a global twist! Students learn how to make animations and digital art using Scratch Programming Language from MIT. They learn how to snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance and speak. Then, by collaborating with their global partner student through a series of video exchanges, they share their creations and showcase what they've learned about each other in their final creations.
For Grades 3-5 (9-11 year olds): We've all heard that coding is the new literacy - so why not give students a leg up by helping them use coding to become digital creators? In this course students are matched up with global partner students living in another country. These young creators and their global partners create a race car game using MIT's 'Scratch' Programming Language to make interactive animations, digital art and games. They remix their partner’s game while getting to know each other through the exchange of personal video messages.
For Grades 6-8 (12-15 year olds): Take coding skills one step further by teaching students to code games, create animations and remix what others have done. Collaborating with their global partner student through a series of video exchanges, they use the engineering design process to solve a design challenge: to design a global theme park game that incorporates elements of each culture!
“By offering Level Up Village’s Global Programming and the Global Web Design courses at the elementary and middle school levels, we are making great gains toward meeting our STEM and innovation goals. Furthermore, these courses are also helping us meet the goal of developing relationships with local, national, and international STEM partners, to provide students with authentic opportunities to apply, view, and demonstrate knowledge in STEM areas.”
“Perhaps one of the most exciting opportunities to foster a Growth Mindset in students is through Game Design. Alongside instructors, students will discover and embrace this mindset by developing new strategies and demonstrating resilience in the face of failure.” (See Jake’s full article here.)
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