Learning Hour of code – Blockly

Its time Rishab learn more coding and nothing better than Hour of code website promoted by Obama. Since Rishab already knew Scratch programming to some extent and loved Minecraft, he was excited to learn Blockly where he could create his own minecraft.


Within a few minutes he knew what to do and ended up figuring out what code to write on his own.

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Scratch-Lego-WeDo kit project demo/Tutorial

Ever since we attended Scratch day at MIT Rishab has been showing lot of interest to learn #Scratch. I got him a WeDo kit. With some help from me , he learnt how to create a car that detects an approaching object and ejects (more or less kicks out) the driver before the crash. All this using lego toys, wedo kit and bit of scratch programming.

Finally we decided to make a small tutorial which is Rishab’s first video tutorial where he explained how to make it.

Making this video was lot of fun and as usual, lot of work to keep Rishab’s attention on the topic. End result was amazing.

Are you a scratch user? please do connect with Rishab on his scratch profile –

We would love to learn about your projects too.



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Scratch day at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scratch day is celebrated worldwide and may be the largest celebration was here in MIT, where Scratch originated. After the opening ceremony as part of open sessions people of all ages could demonstrate their scratch programs.

Rishab grabbed his slot for demonstrating his programs.

Rishab marking his timeslot for demonstration

Rishab marking his timeslot for demonstration

Rishab demonstrated aquarium that he developed last year. Many people visited him and were curious to see what he has done.


Rishab demonstrating his scratch program

Rishab demonstrating his scratch program

This was the first time he saw his scratch programs being seen by others with so much curiosity. At the end of the demonstration he said he would like to create more programs.

Rishab demonstrating his Aquarium programs developed in Scratch

Rishab demonstrating his Aquarium programs developed in Scratch

He was the youngest to demonstrate there. But he is so tall that most people assume him to be way more older.  But for his age, its still a great progress.

Few minutes later we met Mitchel Resnick who is the designer of Scratch program and he saw Rishab’s animation program.

With Mitchel Resnick the designer of Scratch

With Mitchel Resnick the designer of Scratch

Although Rishab didn’t have any idea whom he was meeting, but later at home when I shared videos of Mitchel on TED, he was surprised. Mitchel discussed with us about how Rishab got in to Scratch programming so early on and then invited us to try ScratchJr beta version which is not yet available for public. It will be available on IOS towards the end of this year. Android version will be released next year.

Rishab learning about WebDo scratch kit with Martin

Rishab learning about WebDo Scratch kit with Martin

When closing ceremony was going on, Rishab kept repeating that he would like to be here. This was the first one for him and definitely there will be many more in future.


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Rishab’s first software program/Animation using scratch

I recently attended a session on Raspberry Pi in Waltham library. One of the link that was demonstrated had an educational programming software called Scratch developed by MIT.  This project already had more than 2 million users and 4 million programs uploaded on their site. Most popular among 12 and 13 year old kids. Interface looked damn easy and intuitive. I decided that its the right tool for Rishab to learn.

I installed it and tried a simple animation myself quickly with the help of YouTube video. Demonstrated it to Rishab and asked him to do a few steps, he was excited to see that he could make the cat say his name and do lots of fun stuff very easily.

After 2 days, I gave him an assignment, he watched the video back and forth, step by step and ended up creating the following program that simply spins a sprite(character)

Spin sprite - First program by Rishab. Click to play animation in MIT site

Spin sprite – First program by Rishab. Click to play animation in MIT site

It was very tricky for Rishab to create multiple images. Specially dragging, making those small circles and cutting in half to make ears etc. It took him more than an hour to create this animation all from scratch using Scratch. Finally when it was ready, we uploaded it to MIT’s site.

Where do we go next after learning this basic programming? Well Scratch is already interfaced with a few hardware tools to make interesting projects. Play-i (a crowd sourced project) is coming up with a robot kit that can be controlled with Scratch program using bluetooth 4.0. I am sure there are more out there and will show up as we explore more of such technologies.

This exercise of teaching Rishab his first programming language,  brought back the excitement that I had when I was learning Basic language and the high I use to get creating those random lines and blimp programs. Where as everyone else was just focused on writing those palindrome, prime number related  programs.

After reading this, if you happen to install and use Scratch, please leave a comment here or on Rishab’s page on MIT site. We would be glad to link to your page and see what others are developing.

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