Computers take center stage during Yukon's spring break

Some Yukon students spent spring break learning the basics of computer programming.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: March 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013

— Fifth-grader Mason O'Hara didn't spend his spring break on a beach or a ski slope — he spent it in a classroom at Yukon's Skyview Elementary learning about computer code.

Mason joined 23 other young students at Scratch Camp, which teaches the basics of Scratch, a program developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help kids get into computer programming.

The camp was sponsored by iThemes, an Edmond-based company, and The Div, a nonprofit dedicated to innovation.

Mason designed a Harlem Shake video and a video game during the camp. He wants to attend MIT and become a computer programmer when he grows up.

“I like being able to see how to do something, solving problems,” he said. “And when something doesn't work, you figure something else out that will work.”

Since its development, 3.1 million kids have shared their projects on the Scratch website. Instructor Wes Fryer said the program allows kids to do just about anything they can imagine.

“It's a lot like snapping together Lego bricks,” he said. “The kids don't type code, they drag blocks in to make sprites, which are objects, do different things. It's open-ended, so kids can make all kinds of things.”

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