Scratch Africa Global Conference; Waves of Innovation

Learning has evolved over time and today there are innovative ways in which we can make this process better across the globe. One way to achieve this is by incorporating creative ways and encouraging playfulness and fun.

Scratch Africa Session

That is one thing the Scratch community promotes. The scratch coding language itself is visual and block based which makes it easy and interesting to use. This format makes it efficient for people of all ages to use, be it educators, students or anything individual interesting in using scratch.

The scratch language, developed by MIT Media Lab, is widely used across the world and is available in more than 70 languages. Currently 40 million projects shared across the globe. To promote innovation and creative learning, the scratch foundation holds a global conference yearly. This year, for the very first time, the conference is happening in Africa.

The first day of the conference saw some interesting sessions which have included experimentation and play. There were a total of three sessions in the afternoon:

  1. Tinkering Workshop – This workshop involved using simple tools to create equipment that can perform specific tasks. This workshop was attended by about 30 delegates.
  2. Turtlestitch Session – Turtlestitch is a coding program which is used to create patterns that can be sewn onto a cloth. This educative session had about 20 delegates.
  3. Ignites Talk – This involved presentation of ideas or projects within a given period of time. This session had about 70 delegates.

 

Delegates Attending The Scratch Africa Conference