Coding With Scratch

Coding with Scratch
Posted on 12/03/2019
Coding with Scratch

Coding with Scratch


Automation touches many aspects of our lives; from the cars we drive to the store to the checkout counter where we scan our purchases. All of this automation is driven by programs written in code; a language that computers understand.


Many years ago, as automation was beginning to replace workers in factories and industry, there was a huge scare that robots and automation would eventually put people out of work.  Which it did. Without learning new skill sets, automation replaces jobs that were once handled by humans. Fortunately, as one method for completing a job phases out, another is created.  In our digital age, there is a great demand for people who know how to program computers by writing coding language.


Innovative programs at Montevideo are beginning the process of introducing our students to aspects of computer science and computational thinking.  The students in Mrs. Sanders 4th grade classroom are working through a course teaching them to use Scratch. Scratch is a block-based program that helps simplify the coding process and build the fundamentals needed to advance to more complicated code languages.  Mrs. Streich is working with 6th and 7th grade students as they traverse through the Scratch program using a self-paced model. Later this year, Mrs. Thalberg’s 6th graders will be using Scratch to program robots.  


While we are just “scratching” the surface of computer science, we hope to start building a more comprehensive program in our Montevideo Schools that will enhance student learning and prepare them for careers in the Computer Science field.