Scratch 2.0 Programming

ABOUT Denis Golikov

Denis Golikov
I am 37 years old. My background is in Computer Engineering. 



We Make Computer Programming and Math FUN for Kids!

Meet Scratch. A brand new, FREE computer programming application that allows children 10 and up to express themselves creatively by developing their own stories, cartoons, games, and more—all while learning computer programming!

Created by Mitchel Resnick, and the “Lifelong Kindergarten” group in the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a self-study program that teaches children all about computers and programming, in some of the most fun ways possible.

Complete with cartoon animation, Scratch allows children to interact and play with various objects on the screen and then develop forms of interaction between them. Think digital, multi-colored blocks kind of like Lego. Each chapter consists of 20-30 minutes of study, and covers topics like how to make funny cartoons and games.

Give your child an insight into one of the fastest growing fields in the world, and let them have fun at the same. Choose Scratch today!

I am 38 years old. My background is in Computer Engineering. My son, Artem, got into programming on Scratch at 7 years of age. I started looking for books on Scratch on the Internet for children of 7-9 years old, but I could not find anything. All Scratch textbooks are for 11-13 years old children, though there is nothing difficult in Scratch. Having basic Math knowledge it is possible to use more than half of Scratch capabilities and make cool games and cartoons. After Artem had mastered Scratch, he got very upset once he learned that they would not be studying it at school and that other children, his friends and classmates would never learn about this interesting program. I made a decision to sacrifice my Sunday evenings to organize a club of programmers on Scratch. And so a year ago my son and I started teaching a club of young programmers on Scratch for kids of 8-11 years old. For each class Artem would think of a new game that would use new Scratch blocks. As a result, we have collected enough material for a whole book. In the fall of 2013 new children came to the club and the book was tested on them. The children made a few comments, I explained complex points in more detail, and now the book is published. Some children have already studied the whole book and are asking for a continuation! The children like studying the book a lot, because everything has been explained in great detail and does not require their parents' participation. The parents also like it because they can do their chores in the meantime.

A Book for Young Programmers On Scratch by Denis Golikov and Artem Golikov is about grasping the concepts of the program called Scratch. It is aimed at secondary grade children and it explains how to become familiar with the program and eventually progress to more complex ideas. I had never heard of this particular program before reviewing this book. At first glance I thought it would be something similar to other things on the market, but it was actually unique in its own right. You can change and add characters, animals, and even people. You also have the ability to create a simple platform which can become enhanced with practice.

     I was very impressed with A Book for Young Programmers On Scratch. Denis and Artem Golikov are a father and son team, and they have captured the essence of a unique program and are keen to share their experiences with the rest of the world. As I began the book, the theories and diagrams looked easy to comprehend. However, the further I got into the book, the more I found things a little more complicated.

     I ultimately downloaded the program onto my computer and went through each scenario, following closely the steps provided. With fifteen minutes I was in awe of this wonderful program. I may need a little more practice with the more challenging platforms but I found it exciting nevertheless. I think this book would be extremely beneficial to new users as it is written in a way which is clear to understand. Every different aspect and example is included and I was excited to read that a second book is almost finished. Overall, this book is easy to read and understand and the program called Scratch is a welcome revelation.."

Reviewed by Lisa Jones for