We have recently released The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Coding Using Scratch on Amazon. This book was co-written by Leo Ureel, a lecturer of computer science at MTU, and Nicole Yarroch, a computer science undergrad student at MTU. The paperback is available for $11, and an electronic Kindle version is available for $4.99. If you buy the paperback from Amazon, the Kindle version of the book is included for free. For those of you who used a beta version of the book during last summer’s CS4All workshop, thank you for your invaluable feedback!
A Little Bit About The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Coding Using Scratch
Do you want to learn to code but have no idea where to get started? The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Coding Using Scratch book was created after many years teaching middle and high-schoolers how to code and observing where they struggled to learn certain basic coding concepts. In this book, we introduce coding in easily digestible chunks so you do not feel overwhelmed or discouraged. It will guide you through writing your first program with carefully worded explanations and helpful pictures. At the same time, you will learn the fundamentals of coding, including repeat loops, variables, functions, if-statements, recursion, and lists.
All programs in the book are created with Scratch, a coding language developed specifically for beginner programmers by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scratch is free and runs in an internet browser, so you do not have to buy or install any special software on your computer.