In 2016, a joint educational project focused on teaching school students of grades 2-6 programming in Scratch was launched. The project was initiated by resident companies of Belarus Hi-Tech Park (HTP) and supported by the HTP Administration and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
By the beginning of the academic year, it is planned to train a group of trainers and start training school teachers and senior university students majoring in pedagogy how to teach programming in Scratch.
The national portal scratch.by was developed to serve as a platform for creating an online community where Scratch teachers work on educational programs, plans, etc. and video tutorials and thus share their experience and ideas with each other.
Within the scope of the project, a number of HTP resident companies engaged in game development draw and share a collection of free sprites featuring fictional characters so that children could use them for creating their educational projects in literature and other academic subjects, and special sprites for developing computer games.
As students study programming in Scratch, they also develop logical and algorithmic thinking along with learning how to work with multimedia files. Children will learn how to understand computer programs and create them on their own, as well as solve different task using the computer. Thus, they will become creators and co-authors of the information space instead of being mere PC users.