Create your own game or cartoon,
learn about coding and programming computers.
Practising at home:
You can download the Scratch
app, or Scratch
Jn app for younger children, free from app
stores . You can also
use the Windows version of Scratch directly from the Scratch
Find out more about Scratch HERE
With Scratch, you can program your
own interactive stories, games, and animations — and
share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to
think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively
— essential skills for life in the 21st century.The
ability to code computer programs is an important part of
literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code
in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems,
designing projects, and communicating ideas.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong
Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free
We are very grateful to Nigel McKelvey, IT
lecturer in the LYIT and his students for volunteering their
time over the last few years to teach Coder Dojo sessions
in our school. We hope that it will be possible to continue
these sessions this year, as we have learned a great deal
from the classes.
The CoderDojo movement
believes that an understanding of programming languages is
increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s
both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that
nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
To that end, they have built a global network of free, volunteer-led,
community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone
aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn
to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore
technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.
The local Coder Dojo sessions, free and open to all are held
in Cara House, Letterkenny on Saturdays from 10:00