First Immersive Education Scratch Club is a Great Success at Saint John School

by Barbara Mikolajczak

Saint John School (SJS) in the North End completed its first Immersive Education Scratch Club with great success.

The Immersive Education (iED) Scratch Club has children in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade creating video games, interactive stories, living cartoons and animations using Scratch, a fun and easy programming tool for children created by MIT. Using Immersive Education techniques, the students combined their programming knowledge with grade-appropriate science and math curriculum to program their own science and math video games.

The iED Scratch Club at SJS was chosen to present and demonstrate their work at the Catholic School Foundation 23rd Annual ICSF Dinner in March. Students also had the opportunity to participate at the International Scratch Day at the MIT Media Lab on May 18th In addition, their work was showcased at the annual iED 2013 conference at Boston College from June 3rd – June 6th.

About St. John School
St. John School is a private Catholic elementary school serving grades K3-8 and is located in Boston’s historic North End, Massachusetts. Since 1873, it has touched the lives of generations of children in the heart of a dynamic city. Reaching beyond the border of a storied neighborhood, St. John School serves students from all backgrounds and from all parts of Boston and beyond. The school cherishes the diversity of its student body and takes full advantage of the cultural and educational resources of an urban setting.