Wednesday, 12 August 2015

An Elephant Alarm Clock made with Scratch

If you thought Scratch was just a game for young kids, you'd be wrong. At the recent Young Rewired State Festival of Code I attended one of the teams built a great little project using Scratch, a computer programming platform designed for kids.

A team of 3 girls aged 7 and 8 came up with the idea to make an alarm clock using weather and traffic information to intelligently wake you up in time for your appointment. So if there was a lot of traffic on your journey the alarm will ring slightly earlier to give you enough time to get ready. Pretty smart, hey! And they built it all using Scratch!

The Festival of Code is a national and international summer event that give young coders under the age of 18 an opportunity to put their developer skills to the test and create a digital product in one week. They present this project to a panel of judges at the festival weekend and progress through a series of heats to reach the finals. The Intelligent Elephant Alarm team made it to the finals and presented their idea to an auditorium full of other young coders, parents and industry experts. Below is a video of their presentation.

Digital App built with Scratch!




So next time your kid is playing around on Scratch, don't fret they may just be building the next big thing in the technology industry.




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Comments:

Steve said...

I'd like to find out more about how to incorporate Google traffic data in a Scratch project. Do you have any links to how to do that?

Tracy said...

Elbrie was involved in this rather than me, but they used ScratchX.org which allows extensions. You can write your own or use ones written by others (at your own risk.) You can find some extensions here: http://savaka2.github.io/scratch-extensions-directory/ and info on writing your own here: https://github.com/LLK/scratchx/wiki

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