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Resources: Scratch in the Physical World

A list of resources from the #ScratchEdChat on Scratch in the Physical world on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7-8 PM EST.

The ScratchEd Team hosted a #ScratchEdChat on Tuesday, April 25 from 7-8PM EST on Scratch in the physical world. Click here for a complete archive, and see below for resources that were shared during the chat.




Hardware & Extensions

  • Click here to see a current list of hardware and software extensions on the ScratchX site. Some examples include:

  • MaKey MaKey allows people to turn everyday objects into keys and use them with their computer.

  • The LEGO WeDo kit can be used to make motors and sensors interact with your Scratch project. It has a distance sensor, a tilt sensor, and a motor.

  • The PicoBoard provides a way for you to make Scratch projects sense and respond to things going on in the world outside of your computer.

  • Kinect2Scratch works by using the sensor recognition in Scratch and the Microsoft Kinect. The Microsoft Kinect works by recognizing certain bone movements in the human body, such as waving your arm, and Kinect2Scratch has created the software to have Scratch recognize this as well. Now you can use body movements to interact with the programs you create in Scratch!

  • GoPiGo is a robot that is controlled by an onboard Raspberry Pi to create an autonomous vehicle. The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost Linux-based computer that is very popular in the classroom. Once assembled, the GoPiGo can be controlled with Scratch 1.4, found on board the Raspberry Pi.

  • The Dexter Industries GrovePi is an Internet of Things device built on the Raspberry Pi. The GrovePi can be programmed using the native Scratch installed on the Raspberry Pi (Scratch 1.4 or NuScratch). You can write programs that read plug-and-play sensors, and control everyday devices.


Sample Projects