Reading Activists in the North East and North West of England have completed a Digital Proficiency in Scratch programming as part of the Dulverton digital reading clubs project.
So what's Scratch?
With Scratch, you can programme your own interactive stories, games and animations and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and is provided free of charge and completely online (nothing needs to be downloaded). Scratch is already very popular in American schools and is starting to make its way over to the UK.
The young people began by setting up their own online Scratch accounts, which will enable them to continue using their new programming skills at home or from the library's public computers. They then learnt the basics to Scratch by following step by step instructions to create a simple game using the ready made Scratch programming command blocks.
Once they were confident with their new found skills the young people then set to work bringing their favourite book characters to life in a series of interactive online games that they devised themselves.
Everybody agreed that it was a fun session and all of the young people said that they would continue to use their new programming skills in their own time.
Adam a Gateshead Reading Activist, said: "Seven people have already played my game online. I'm really proud of that. I'm going to add different levels to my game at home."
James from South Tyneside Reading Activists said: "I can't believe how much code goes into one computer game! I'd quite like to do this as a job in the future, it's really interesting."
If you're interested in running a Scratch session with your group, you can download a session plan.
Play a game devised by a Gateshead Reading Activist.
Have a go at making your own game.