Derek Breen, head of educational design group at MIT Media Lab, held a workshop at BHSAD on October 31st. The event was part of the Open Innovations Forum. Mr Breen spoke to the participants about an unconventional virtual programming language called Scratch that allows even a first grader to create his own short animation or video game.
MIT Media Lab is a renowned facility within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created to make life easier through innovative tech projects. Scratch is one of such projects that were born in the lab.
Scratch is an object-oriented environment designed to teach kids the basic principles of programming. Using this language, kids can easily develop their own interactive programs, animation, games, music apps and creative projects, and then share them with other users through designated online community. Moreover, Scratch can be used to create advertising projects, so it can be also helpful for the adults who have little experience with professional environments.
Derek, author of 'Scratch for Kids' textbook, is currently developing educational courses for schoolchildren in i2learning centre and he takes active part in other MIT educational projects. After attending his workshop at BHSAD, the guests learnt that Scratch is a very enjoyable programming language that helps kids learn how to think and make decisions, developing creative thinking and teamwork.
Maria Stashenko, curator of Design Management programme, made an opening speech before the workshop, presenting a small report titled 'Design lessons: instruments of creative thinking for development of new educational formats'.