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The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code Paperback – October 1, 2015
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|The Official ScratchJr Book||The Scratch Coding Cards||Super Scratch Programming Adventure!||Scratch Programming Playground||Learn to Program with Scratch|
|Suggested Age Range||5+||8+||8+||10+||10+|
|User Experience Level||Beginner||Beginner||Beginner||Beginner to Intermediate||Intermediate|
|Description||A collection of hands-on activities culminating in a fun, final project. Includes tips for parents and teachers and ways to connect the activities to literacy and math concepts. Note: ScratchJr runs on an iPad or Android tablet.||A 75-card deck of simple and fun coding activities, perfect for splitting between pairs and small groups. Covers core coding fundamentals in a digestible and engaging format.||A colorful, comic book-style guide to making fun games with Scratch, complete with easy-to-follow directions||An exciting introduction to coding where readers make versions of games they already love to play. Contains review questions and extra coding challenges in every chapter.||Teaches fundamental computer science concepts using Scratch. Packed with detailed explanations, exercises, and illustrations|
|Activities Include||Animal race, tag, dance party, animated stories||Virtual pet, Pong, racing game, dance party, interactive story||Soccer match, flying broomstick-race, fighting game, interactive maze||Fruit Slicer, Snake, Brick Breaker, Asteroids, a Mario-style platform game||Quiz maker, bubble sort, science simulations|
|Page Count||160 pp.||75 cards||160 pp.||288 pp.||288 pp.|
About the Author
Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. She heads the Developmental Technologies Research group where she studies innovative ways to promote positive childhood development through new learning technologies. She is also the creator of KIBO, a robotics platform for children 4 to 7, which allows young builders to learn programming and engineering skills without screens.
Mitchel Resnick is the creator of Scratch, the wildly popular programming language used in thousands of schools and homes worldwide, with nearly 4 million users. He directs the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education in 2011 for his creative learning technologies.
Top customer reviews
Because this is just an introductory program, the difficulty and frustration levels should be low. But it's still a good program to teach them how to back up and figure out where did they make a mistake.
I would recommend this to all beginner coders using the Scratch Jr. App. My guess is the target audience is about kindergarten-2nd grade (depending on their computer literacy).