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The TechSperts attend Scratch Day at MIT

The original post by Lisa Radden can be found on the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School website.

The 4th, 5th and 6th grade TechSperts attended International Scratch Day at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge on May 21, 2011. They had fun exploring new ways to use Scratch software to program Lego robots and make their own joysticks using a Pico Board. Many of our TechSperts stepped up onto the stage to share their Scratch games and skills to the audience of Boston students, parents, and MIT Media Lab researchers. It was a super fun day!

The TechSperts completed their Internet Safety Scratch games and were able to share them on Scratch Day.

Enjoy our slide show:

Who are the TechSperts?

The TechSperts are elementary school students in Grades 4-6 at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School who participate in year-long advanced technology studies in the after school TechSperts Academy. TechSperts are selected through an application process and are required to attend training sessions after school twice a month with the Director of Instructional Technology, Lisa Radden. They learn internet safety skills, how to provide technical support to classrooms, and programming skills using Scratch, which culminates with a field rip to Scratch Day MIT to showcase their internet safety Scratch projects.

Check out the TechSperts' internet safety projects below or on the Scratch website. Or read the students' blog posts at: