and sorry because the lack of news. We have been working hard to get Zarrapaster ready and we didn’t have much time to post our progress. But the past 18th of May, we have participated in the international Scratch Day, showing the adventages and goodness of Scratch to a group of children, parents and other interested people like highschool teachers or programming beginners. There were more than a hundred people coming to this event from more than 250 km! (155 miles aprox.). This activity is pioneer in Spain and was impulsed by the Computer Programming in Education Group at the University of Valladolid (http://scratch.infor.uva.es).
In case you are wondering what Scratch is, “Scratch is a programming language learning environment enabling beginners to get results without having to learn syntactically correct writing first. Created by the MIT Media Lab, it is intended to motivate for further learning through playfully experimenting and creating projects, such as interactive animations, games, etc. […]” (more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Scratch_(programming_language) and http://scratch.mit.edu/)
The day was amazing thanks to the interest of those kids, who got working incredible games, using this intuitive development enviroment. At the end of the day, children were teaching their parents the correct way to implement some functionalities. Parents could receive formation too, and they could attend to some talks while their children were guided by a group of monitors who lead them to get their programs running.
There were workshops to build LEGO structures automated using engines, create racetracks to test mo-way robots, programming their behaviours and controlling their sensors with scratch.
Students worked in teams or by themselves to participate in a competition with fabulous awards like tablets, LEGOs, a mo-way robot, and a programmers club scholarship among others.
You can check this url to see more pictures taken that day
Hope to see you in next Scratch Day 😉