We all use software practically every day – often without even realizing it! As our lives are transformed by the digital age, programming is becoming an important life skill. In this course, we want to show you how anyone can start building their own programs using Snap! – a block-based, open source programming language. Its colorful, intuitive interface makes learning fast and fun – even for the most technically challenged! If you have already done some programming in Scratch, you’ll feel instantly at home. If not, don’t worry! Using animations, games, and artwork, we’ll bring out the artist – and computer scientist – in you. Learners young and old, experienced and novice alike will soon discover why Snap! is becoming the programming language of choice for researchers and teachers of computer science around the world.
In the first week, you’ll learn how to navigate the program’s interface and will create some highly individual artwork. You’ll learn to create sprites, costumes, “for-loops” and much more. In the second week, you’ll become even more adventurous, applying concepts such as randomness, building functions, cloning, and recursion. Armed with all this, we’ll set you loose to discover your inner artist – and computer scientist!