A 3rd Grader’s First Program – Part 1

Hey there, young adventurer! 👋

Welcome to a world filled with magic, where you can create anything you can imagine. It’s called Scratch! Scratch is a super cool place where you can make your very own games, animations, and stories without even knowing how to write code! You won’t believe how much fun it can be, and guess what? You don’t even have to read a lot to get started! 😃

Are you ready to become a Scratch master? Great! Let’s get going!

Step 1: 🌐 Visit the magical land
Head over to the Scratch website by clicking this link: https://scratch.mit.edu

Step 2: 🚪 Open the door
Once you’re there, click on “Join Scratch” to create your own account. Just pick a cool username and password, and you’re in!

Step 3: 🎨 Set the stage
Now, it’s time to start creating! Click “Create” at the top of the page. You’ll see a stage with a cute little cat on it. That’s Scratch Cat, your new buddy!

Step 4: 🧩 Let’s play with blocks
Scratch uses colorful blocks that you can snap together like LEGO bricks to make your ideas come to life. On the left side, you’ll see different categories of blocks, like “Motion,” “Looks,” and “Sound.” Just click and drag the blocks you want to use onto the workspace in the middle.

Step 5: 🐱 Make Scratch Cat move
Let’s make Scratch Cat move! Click on the “Motion” category and drag the block that says “move 10 steps” to the workspace. Click on that block, and watch Scratch Cat move!

Step 6: 🎉 Experiment and have fun!
Now it’s your turn to explore the magical world of Scratch. Try using different blocks and see what you can create. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to do this – just have fun and let your imagination run wild!

Congratulations, young adventurer! 🎉 You’ve just taken your first steps into the world of Scratch and programming. As you continue to explore, you’ll find that there’s so much more to learn and create. Keep experimenting, have fun, and remember, you have the power to create anything you can imagine! 😄

Parents: The above was generated 100% with ChatGPT 4. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get young people interested in tech and this is a good tool to help achieve that goal. For reference, my original prompt was “Write an introduction tutorial to scratch.mit.edu for a 3rd grader who doesn’t like to read to see if they are interested in programming with some further modifications, so use it at your own risk. Generate your own activities at https://chat.openai.com/chat. 😊

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