Students attend computer programming conference

picThe annual Scratch Conference was an opportunity to share ideas about Scratch as a programming language. This year’s theme was Creative Communities that inspire people to create and share ideas, skills and discoveries.

Scratch is a visual programming language that is designed especially for ages 8 to 16. The birthplace of Scratch was the MIT Media Lab.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century. The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society.

Ryan in Grade 2 and Julien, alumnus of St. John’s, attended this year’s Conference in Amsterdam from 12-15 August 2015. Ryan and Julien have been doing Scratch the past two years. The boys enjoyed meeting other people of the Scratch community and looking and experimenting with new developments.