Computational Thinking is
“The thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in a form that can be effectively carried out by an information-processing agent”
(Cuny, Snyder, and Wing, 2010)
We are not just learning programming. In the process of learning programming, we are learning about computational thinking. This ties in well with 21CC (which I personally feel it is going to be the new term on the block)
Programming with Scratch is now even more fun and hands-on with the circuit boards that can talk to Scratch. Here are some links that you can check out more info
Scratch projects can now “sense” and “respond” to the users’ inputs. In Pico Board, you can find light and sound sensor, button, 4 user-defined inputs and a variable resistor. Have fun!
(2) Makey Makey – Make + Key = Makey
Let your imagination runs wild with Makey Makey. Use that to control Scratch project with the typical commands (e.g, left and right) . Makey Makey is funded through the crowd funding site Kickstarter.