“Programming” our galaxy using Scratch

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço supports once more the national programming competition “A Criar com Scratch!” (Creating with Scratch!) setting as a theme for this year’s edition “Our galaxy: the Milky Way”.

The competition “A Criar com Scratch!” involves the creation and development of Scratch projects, such as games, animations, or presentations, about a Space-related subject. It is open to children and teenagers from pre-school to 9th grade, mentored by a teacher or parent.

By stimulating the use of a basic programming language, this competition aims to promote digital literacy, developing programming and problem-solving skills, as well as memory, focus, logical thinking and creativity. Another goal is to promote interdisciplinarity and the outreach and sharing of educational resources developed in schools.

This initiative is promoted by Centro de Competência TIC da Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (CCTICESE/IPS), through project EDUSCRATCH, in partnership with Direção-Geral da Educação (DGE) do Ministério da Educação, Comissão de Proteção de Crianças e Jovens (CPCJ) of Setúbal and Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço. 

Registration is now open but projects can only be submitted between the 1st of February and the 1st of April 2020. The three best projects from each school level will be awarded. 

More information and registration can be found on the official website (in Portuguese).