Benefits of Scratch for engineering students

Researchers in Turkey recently found that engineering students who were exposed to real-life Scratch development projects in their first-year Introduction to Programming course, performed significantly better in their fourth-year senior project course.1

Scratcha project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab and available free of charge, is a 2-dimensional graphical programming environment that enables children to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. 

At Born to Learn we used Scratch in 2017 and switched to Alice in 2018. Alice was developed by Carnegie Mellon University and uses interactive 3-dimensional graphics to teach Object Orientated programming.

Whether you use Scratch or Alice, the potential benefits are substantial if your child is interested in engineering.

Reference

1 Topalli, D. and Cagiltay, N.E. Improving programming skills in engineering education through problem-based game projects with Scratch. Computers & Education, Volume 120, May 2018, available online here.