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Teaching Kids to Program Using Scratch and the Kinect


Stephen is a computer science lecturer with the Institute of Technology Tallaght, where he lectures on Software Development and Interactive Media Design & Development. He focuses on creative coding and interactive art using technologies such as Processing, openFrameworks, Cinder and OpenGL. He is also the author of Kinect2Scratch :

Kinect2Scratch allows data from the Microsoft Kinect controller be sent to Scratch, the programming language for kids from the MIT Media Laboratory. This means that anyone can write programs with motion control, use gestures, make kinetic games and generally leap about having fun. All you need is a Kinect with its own power supply (Kinects bundled with an XBox will need a separate cable). 

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Kinect2Scratch is free. It is used in dozens of countries by teachers, parents and students with thousands of downloads. It is available at http://scratch.saorog.com .

Watch the demo video :

Scratch and Kinect from Stephen Howell on Vimeo.

And, the TED talk by Stephen Howell — Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect

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