Cartoon Network has teamed up with coding platform and online kids community Scratch in launching a series of free coding tutorials for kids featurings the characters, scenery and sounds from its popular animated series We Bare Bears. The launch coincides with the global Hour of Code learning initiative for Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13).
CN collaborated with the Scratch team at the MIT Media as part of its commitment to encouraging science, technology, engineering, arts and math (or STEAM) learning. The We Bare Bears tutorials guide children in snapping together Scratch’s graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, talk and interact with one another. The tutorials also encourage users to use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Scratch, a project from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, is a free, simple programming language and online community for kids to create and share interactive projects. Through the site, kids can try out each other’s projects, give feedback and even remix and build on other users’ projects.
The We Bare Bears tutorials and sample projects can be accessed on any laptop or desktop at cartoonnetwork.com/scratch.