Belarus Hi Tech Park
Scratch for Second Graders
14 December 2017
Hi-Tech Park with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus invites primary school and informatics teachers to join the educational project Programming in Scratch.
In January 2018, it is planned to launch elective classes in Scratch for second-grade students of Belarusian schools within the Creative Activity in Scratch syllabus.
Teachers of educational institutionsinterested in organizing electives for second gradewill receive the necessary support from the project organizers.
The Programming in Scratch project is aimed at helping students develop logical and algorithmic thinking along with the skills necessary in the 21st century (basic programming, communication, and teamwork).
Two syllabuses were developed to teach students Scratch in Belarusian schools and learning centers – Creative Activity in Scratch (grades 2-4) and Computer Game Development in Scratch (grades 5-6).
In September-November 2017, about 300primary school and informatics teachers joined the project.
5,000students of grades 3-6 in all regions of Belarus are studying Scratch today.
During the autumn break, 116 teachers who have started teaching Scratch this year participated in training programs in Minsk, Mogilev, Novopolotsk, and Grodno.
13 schools in small Belarusian towns received 135 desk- and laptops to have an opportunity to conduct classes in Scratch.