Cartoon Network USA Launches Scratch Programming Tutorials For Kids
Today (03/12/2015), Cartoon Network USA has announced the launch of a series of free computer coding tutorials for children using and featuring characters, scenes, and audio from We Bare Bears. The tutorials were made in collaboration with Cartoon Network and Scratch, a coding platform used to teach children the basics of computer programming. With Scratch, it’s possible to create interactive stories games and animations.
Cartoon Network worked with the Scratch programming team at MIT (Massachusettes Institute of Technology) Media Lab to encourage kids to learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (also known as STEAM). By using the We Bare Bears tutorials, children are able to learn how to use Scratch’s programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, talk and interact with one another. Programming can help improve children’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Christina Miller, President and General Manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang made this statement on how the use of Scratch will help kids unleash their creativity:
“Scratch’s technology enables kids to unleash their creative ideas and express themselves. By giving kids access to these beloved characters so that they can create their own stories, we can also encourage collaboration and help build important skills for their future.”