EdScratch programming language

EdScratch is a vertical block-based visual programming language based on Scratch. EdScratch combines the ease of drag-and-drop programming with powerful functionality
and versatility. The result is a robot programming language that is easy to learn and offers a robust platform for computer science education.

 

The online EdScratch programming environment is designed to deliver meaningful computer science education
through an easy-to-use interface. EdScratch’s intuitive layout and the simplicity of block-based coding
makes EdScratch an ideal programming language for students aged 10 and up. Helpful features, like the
built-in bug box, make the transition to using more complex programming structures approachable even with
no prior coding experience. As students gain confidence in coding, they can do even more by controlling
inputs, manipulating data, and creating and utilising variables, making EdScratch a perfect platform to use
Edison’s features in engaging, creative ways.

You can access EdScratch online at www.edscratchapp.com

Getting started with EdScratch

Building your first program in EdScratch is easy! Just drag and drop the blocks you want together. Learn how you can get started by watching the Let’s explore EdScratch video:

To help you get the most out of EdScratch, we’ve also created a series of free video tutorials organised around the units in our free EdScratch lesson plans. Each tutorial
video in the series examines new elements in the EdScratch environment and the related computer science concepts from the lessons. Be sure to check out the whole series!

Resources

These free, downloadable resources can help you get the most out of EdScratch.

The EdScratch lesson plans set

Consisting of the Student Set and accompanying Teacher’s Guide, The EdScratch Lesson Plans Set includes a complete curriculum for teaching computational thinking and
computer science using EdScratch and the Edison robot. The lesson activities and project ideas are organised into six units beginning with an initial preparatory unit
and culminating in an open-ended project-based unit. Designed for flexible use, you can choose just the activities that suit your interests or teach the entire curriculum!

 

Lesson activities – student set

Lesson activities – student set The student set of the EdScratch lesson activities contains worksheets and
activity sheets designed for independent use by students in Year 5 (10-11 years old) and above. With 98 activity
options organised into six units, the student set contains a mix of structured and open-ended activities that
introduce key concepts and learning objectives while engaging students in an active exploration of Edison and
EdScratch. The student lessons include clear instructions, colourful illustrations, activity sheets for testing
program solutions and challenges for students to work through as they learn computational thinking and
computer science fundamentals.

Download the EdScratch lesson activities – complete student set

Teacher’s guide to EdScratch

This guide offers teachers and instructors overviews, delivery recommendations
and other supporting information for the EdScratch lesson activities to help
make teaching EdScratch easy and fun. Designed to be used in partnership with
the EdScratch student set, the teaching guide provides:

  • an overview of each unit, including the key learning objectives of that unit,
  • an overview of each lesson with a list of all activities in that lesson,
  • a dedicated section per activity detailing:
    • the activity’s purpose and objectives,
    • supporting information including estimated time requirements,
      supply requirements, and tips for delivery, and
    • an answer key including recommendations on assessing student work.

Download the teacher’s guide to EdScratch

EdScratch warning messages guide

The EdScratch programming environment includes a ‘bug box’ at the bottom of the app which automatically checks for errors in the program. Warning messages are displayed
in this bug box to help you find and fix problems in your code.

This guide includes all the warning messages that can be displayed in the bug box of the EdScratch language app, including an explanation of what each means and examples
of when you may encounter the message.

View the EdScratch warning messages guide online

Download the EdScratch warning messages guide

Additional EdScratch programming projects with EdCreate

Give your students opportunities to program solutions to real-world robotic challenges
using EdScratch and EdCreate, the Edison robot creator’s kit. Multiple programming
challenges using the EdCreate EdBuilds are available in the EdCreate teaching guide
Or unlock your student’s creativity and EdScratch programming prowess with the
EdCreate EdChallenges!