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St. John School club gives students chance to create own video games

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 18, 2013 05:05 PM

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Saint John School

Students in the Saint John School Immersive Education Scratch Club worked in a computer lab.

Students at the North End’s St. John School recently completed the inaugural year of the school’s new Immersive Education Scratch Club, the school announced.

The club gave third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students a chance to create their own video games, cartoons, and interactive stories through Scratch, a children’s programming tool created at MIT, the private Catholic K-8 school said in a statement.

The program incorporated immersive education techniques with science and math lessons appropriate to each grade level and allowed students to use their new programming skills to create educational animations.

In March, the club was chosen to demonstrate their work at the Catholic Schools Foundation’s 23rd annual Inner City Scholarship Fund Dinner.

In May, students participated in International Scratch Day at the MIT Media Lab, and in early June their work was featured at the annual iED 2013 conference at Boston College.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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Immersive Education Scratch Club members Mattea Del Peschio, Jenna Pittore, Liam Walsh, and Joseph Broderick attended the Schools Foundation’s 23rd annual Inner City Scholarship Fund Dinner in March.

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