SCRATCH For Your Kids at readysteadycode.ie is a free SCRATCH Course designed by Seamus O’Neill. Learn how to create Music, Art, Design, Stories, Games and have challenging fun. There is follow up for code clubs, schools and home schooling with Game Elements, Magic Maths and ArithmeTricks. The website and all its content has been a lockdown time-filler since March 2020. There is much still to do and it continues as an open work in progress with everything on it free and easy; almost 200 projects and seven 3D-FlipBooks.
SFYK is a compendium of many of the author’s hundreds of shared projects over 10 years under Ready Steady Code and other Scratch personas. I hope you find the website informative and useful. If you love Scratch, welcome to club! Join the RSC-Scratch For Your Kids Facebook Group community where your feedback, ideas and participation will be very welcome.
Meet The Author – Seamus O’Neill
Seamus O’Neill is a former primary teacher, teacher trainer and Code Club founder and mentor. He had a pivotal role in developing the Mathemagic series of textbooks and shadow puzzle books which are still popular in Irish primary schools after almost 20 years. Not long after using Scratch for the first time, he saw its potential as a visual thinking aid for children. He developed his Ready Steady Code course which included his own unique Scratch plug-in component and taught Scratch to teachers in Navan Education Centre (2011 – 2018). Ready Steady Code soon received official approval from the Irish Department of Education. He published the books Scratch from Scratch (2014) and SCRATCH with Ready-Steady-Code (2017).
He was uniquely honoured by the Scratch MIT Media Lab team, at MIT (Boston) when they added into Scratch, his plug-in vector-grids which improve it as a teaching resource for Maths and Computational Thinking. They are now in the Scratch backdrops library and freely available to Scratch users worldwide. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 he organised the Irish National SCRATCH Conference. UK attendees at the 2018 event invited him to present it in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE England, in 2019. Version 3 is the latest generation of Scratch, released in 2019. As his response to Covid-19 lock down, Seamus spent 16 months developing SCRATCH FOR YOUR KIDS to incorporate all of the features of SCRATCH 3. He shares over 500 Scratch projects under www.scratch.mit.edu/users/readysteadycode and other Scratch IDs. Many of these projects feature on this web site
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The Ready Steady Code – Scratch For Your Kids, Facebook Group, is a new community I have set up especially for adults, Parents, Teachers etc. who are interested in supporting their children to learn and use SCRATCH. All are welcome to follow the Scratch For Your Kids course from the online of FlipBooks in their own time and for their own leisure and enjoyment. Those who would like to support children in their local CoderDojo may find SECTION 2: Part 5 suitable for their purpose. Parents or Teachers of children at primary or secondary school or who are home schooling, may find ideas in SECTION 2: Parts 6 and 7. You are welcome to apply here for membership of the RSC_Scratch For Your Kids private Facebook group.