What is this?

Getting Unstuck was a 21-day learning experience—small Scratch programming challenges delivered daily via email from July 5 until July 25, 2018.

Who is this for?

We designed this learning experience for K–12 teachers who are passionate or curious about supporting creative work with Scratch (a graphical programming language and online community being used by millions of young people around the world) in the classroom. But anyone who enjoys programming puzzles and learning with others is welcome to participate. Supporting students in pursuing creative work, with all of the twists and turns that can entail, can be tricky. As a teacher, in addition to having an adventurous spirit and genuine curiosity, it can help to have greater familiarity and fluency with Scratch. Our goal for Getting Unstuck is supporting that familiarity and fluency—by inviting you into these daily programming challenges and connecting you with a supportive community of fellow learners.

What do I do now?

Although the daily challenges have concluded, you can still access all of the challenges in the online archive. Try out a challenge, share your work, and reflect on your learning. If you get stuck, find inspiration and support from the Teaching with Scratch Facebook group, our list of Getting Unstuck strategies, or Twitter at #CreativeComputing.

What if I don't know anything about Scratch?

That's totally fine! Before diving into the daily challenges, try out this interactive online Scratch tutorial or explore this collection of new-to-Scratch resources.

Can I share the strategies and activities?

Yes—we've made this for you to use and share! We are releasing this work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0 license, which means that you are completely free to use, change, and share this work, as long as you provide appropriate attribution, do not use the material for commercial purposes, and give others access to any derivative works.

Who are you?

We are Paulina Haduong (a doctoral student) and Karen Brennan (a faculty member). We work, learn, and play at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We love designing learning experiences and helping people develop their creative computing confidence! If you have any questions, you can contact us at gettingunstuck@gse.harvard.edu.