Scratch@MIT is a playful gathering of educators, researchers, developers, and other members of the worldwide Scratch community, hosted every other year at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2016, I planned, organized, and ran the conference for 500 participants from over 25 countries.
Over the three days, attendees participated in a variety of sessions, including hands-on workshops for exploring Scratch activities, spirited discussions with Scratch educators from around the globe, and interactive demonstrations of new ways to connect Scratch to the physical world. The conference theme “Many Paths, Many Styles” was present in all aspects of the event, from colorful conference garb to keynote conversations about equity and intersectionality in creative computing.
Read a full recap of the event here.
(Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) is a programming language and online community that enables young people from around the world to create and share stories, animations and games. The Scratch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes creative coding for everyone by supporting the dynamic Scratch ecosystem.)