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Scratch and Go Direct® Sensors

Overview

Scratch 3 is a free, browser-based programming language that is designed for students ages 8 to 16 and supported by an active community of millions of users. Students can use Scratch to design music videos, animations, and video games while learning the fundamentals of coding. Scratch encourages you to share your work and “remix” others’ projects to create something new.

The partnership between Vernier Software & Technology and Scratch creates the ability to integrate data-collection technology into science and computer science activities. With this integration, students can learn coding by purposefully and successfully applying their skills to fun, hands-on coding projects. This helps students make natural connections between the digital and physical worlds.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Need Scratch activities to support students while they learn remotely? Check out our Coding Activities page.

Go Direct Sensors and Scratch 3

Vernier Go Direct sensors bring real-world data into your Scratch project. Engage your students in physical computing with the Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor and the Scratch extension, meant to motivate them to collaborate, promote computational thinking, and encourage creative problem solving. They can make a Sprite move in response to the sensor spinning, tilting, or falling, or create an interactive art project using the sensor’s force data.

To learn more about the Vernier Scratch extension, visit the Vernier partner extension page on the Scratch site.

Scratch 3 Resources

If you are new to Scratch, the Scratch team has put together an excellent Idea page, a Getting Started video tutorial, and multiple Activity Tutorials. Once you are comfortable with the fundamentals of Scratch, our Go Direct Extensions will allow you to create new kinds of projects that use real-world measurements. 

Using the Vernier Go Direct Extensions with Scratch

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Turn on your sensor by pressing the power button.

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Use the Scratch editor.

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Add the Go Direct®​ Force & Acceleration extension.

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