Bridging the Gap between Blocks and Text via Game Development

Presenter(s): Ursula Wolz (US)

Summary: There is anecdotal evidence that Scratchers may struggle with text-based programming. This workshop presents a series of exercises developed in response to middle school students’ request to move to Java. Eight small Scratch programs are introduced that cover the essentials of coding and game design. Ten Processing examples follow covering the same concepts. All were tested by 4th – 9th graders.

Type of participation: Talk