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Scratch Game Design

(Grades 2-5)

About Scratch Game Design

The Robot Garage Scratch curriculum taps into a child's love of video games to teach age-appropriate coding concepts to students in grades 2 to 5. Through years of experience, we have found that our step-by-step instruction with concepts discussed along the way is key to our students' success. Scratch is a graphical, block-based programming language developed at the MIT Media Lab. It serves as an excellent introductory language to video game design and general programming. The interface is so successful that many of the newer graphical languages are modeled after it. At The Robot Garage, we like Scratch because it simplifies making a game while still maintaining the essential underlying concepts. Scratch's graphical nature offers many benefits at younger ages, where often typing ability can inhibit progress in learning programming. The block shape and color coding also add extra hints about how blocks work together.

 

Scratch is both free and browser-based which makes it accessible to a large number of people for continued learning. Students can revisit and modify their games after completing the class, and they can create their own games at any time.

Coming Soon!

Self-paced learning with subscription Scratch classes

This summer, we will be launching on-demand Scratch classes so students can learn at their own pace! New classes will be made available each month with different projects and assignments to tackle. Sign up to our email list to be notified when this experience launches!

Self-Paced Learning

This summer, we will be launching on-demand Scratch classes so students can student at their own pace! New classes will be made available each month with different projects and assignments to tackle. 

Coming Summer of 2021 for Scratch Classes!

Virtual Classes

Many students thrive with the help of a teacher. Our teachers are fun, exciting, and love interacting with students and family members! Live virtual classes provide personal interaction, encouragement, and develop social skills in addition to hands-on guidance. Our classes keep a strict 6 to 1 or 8 to 1 student-teacher ratio.

In-Person Learning

Our in-person classes are about to get even better! Available to students in the Detroit, Michigan area, these hour-long classes will now allow you to receive in-person guidance from an instructor at one of our two locations.

3 classes per month  ~75-minute classes

In-person classes will resume in September 2021

Multiple Ways to Learn!

Over our many years of teaching, we have learned that all children learn differently. As a result, we created multiple formats for our classes that we offer throughout the year.

Virtual Class Requirements (Zoom)
  • One device with a camera (MacBook, Chromebook, Windows Computer, Tablet, etc.)

  • Zoom account with the student's name attached

  • Parent available for the beginning of class, and keeping an eye on things throughout the class

  • Headphones recommended

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What Parents Are Saying

"This was a great class to affirm my son's love for gaming and intro him to coding!"