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Learning Resources | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Below you can find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Tutorial Clips: Space Exploration | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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This collection of tutorial videos highlight the various programming blocks used in Space Exploration: Lesson Plan | PBS KIDS ScratchJr. Use this media gallery as a reference as you follow the lesson plan, or when you are creating your own.

The Central Processing Unit (CPU): Crash Course Computer Science #7

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Today, we’re going to build the ticking heart of every computer - the Central Processing Unit or CPU. The CPU’s job is to execute the programs we know and love - you know, like GTA V, Slack... and Power Point. To make our CPU, we’ll bring in our ALU and RAM we made in the previous two episodes, and then, with the help of Carrie Anne’s wonderful dictation, (slowly) step through some clock cycles.

Keep Going | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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The PBS KIDS ScratchJr app can be integrated into a multitude of learning contexts. How will you use the app?

Computers and Programming | Ready Jet Go!

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Computers played a big part in space exploration. In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, Dr. Rafferty explains how giant computers were used to guide astronauts to the moon in 1969. She then explains the concept of computer programming in the form of a catchy song. Remember, it's all about the zeroes and ones!

Instructions & Programs: Crash Course Computer Science #8

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Today, we’re going to take our first baby steps from hardware into software! Using that CPU we built last episode, we’re going to run some instructions and walk you through how a program operates on the machine level. We'll show you how different programs can be used to perform different tasks, and how software can unlock new capabilities that aren't built into the hardware.

Coding is a Kind of Storytelling | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Explore how coding and storytelling can go hand-in-hand as children create projects utilizing their favorite PBS KIDS characters in the app.

How to Make a Video Game

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Video games are fun to play, but have you ever wondered how to make one? Carmelo, a grad student in the MIT Media Lab, shows how anyone can start learning how to create video games by talking to machines through programming languages.

Start making at Scratch | MIT!

Early Programming: Crash Course Computer Science #10

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Since Joseph Marie Jacquard’s textile loom in 1801, there has been a demonstrated need to give our machines instructions. In the last few episodes, our instructions were already in our computer’s memory, but we need to talk about how they got there - this is the heart of programming. Today, we’re going to look at the history of programming.

Yet Another Tree Problem - PEG + CAT | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Join Peg+ Cat in this fun problem-solving adventure! Peg is stuck on the top of a tree, and Cat is trying hard to help her climb down. What solution do you think they will come up with?

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