Eugene Learns To Code
Learning To Code
Coding is one of our specialties at Techlit Africa, lead by Evans. To teach coding, we use MIT Scratch, a block based coding program. But scratch can be overwhelming for lower grades.
Struggling With Block Coding
Eugene, a Grade 3 boy at Zawadi really struggled on his first day of Scratch. The class had students dragging code blocks, changing backgrounds (called backdrops), and changing characters (called sprites).
Eugene could not drag the code blocks at all. Even when Evans showed him how dragging works, he would just stare at the screen.This was on the first day.
Scratch Junior To The Resuce
On the next coding class, Evans introduced Scratch Junior, an easy version of Scratch made for the young kids. In Scratch Junior, students don't have to drag and drop. Eugene really enjoyed scratch junior.
He was happy seeing different coloured sprites, now that he could easily add and remove sprites. Scratch Junior worked so well for Eugene that he said he wanted to make a busy environment full of moving vehicles, bicycles and airplanes. He was so to proud of his work that he stood happily and showed the whole class.
About The Author
Irene Pepit is our school lead educator for Zawadi Yetu in Mogotio, Kenya.