A scratch coding pilot program aimed at developing Equitable Creative Coding Resources (ECCRs) has been successfully organized for selected pupils and students from 17 basic schools in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region.
The initiative, led by Mr. Gabriel Kwadwo Afram, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) teacher at Sunyani Senior High School (SUSEC), aimed at testing the effectiveness of Physical 3D Scratch blocks for creative coding.
Mr. Afram, the brain behind the program, revealed that the Scratch Foundation, a renowned non-profit organization based in the United States of America, granted him $15,000 to develop scratch blocks as part of the Scratch Education Collaborative (SEC) 2022-2024 Cohort.
The funding supported the creation of prototypes, including tactile sprites and backdrops, made from locally sourced materials.
Describing the program as “very innovative and highly creative,” Mr. Afram highlighted the students' impressive abilities in creating simple tasks using scratch blocks.
He emphasized the importance of such initiatives in equipping young people with digital tools and opportunities, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills.
“The SEC aims at supporting and engaging organizations worldwide in a two-year collaborative cohort experience, fostering their commitment to equitable creative coding using Scratch and Scratch under the auspices of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),” explained Mr. Afram.
Commending the participating schools, teachers, pupils, and students, Mr. Afram announced plans to establish Scratch programming clubs in selected schools, emphasizing that students could develop creativity and problem-solving skills even without computers through the aid of scratch blocks.