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Joseph Bacal
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I've organized Kid and grownup centered Scratch workshops for this weekend's NERD Summit at UMass, Amherst: https://nerdsummit.org/nerdsummit-2014/sessions/scratch-programming-educators

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Posting a picture on google of a google car taking a picture of me for google. Later this year I will google map this spot and see if I am a smudge. 
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Hi all  Finished up Hack for Western Mass today - which was amazing.  We had an intergenerational group of designers, coders, biologists, and data analysts ages 9-full on grownup -  pull together eight different Scratch projects to create a game, still in progress, that builds interest in the Holyoke Fish Lift.  http://scratch.mit.edu/users/Hack4WesternMass/ Going to be posting more about our process soon. 

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Hi all - here are three design patterns for basic conversation-having robots.  A diagram on my blog, and an example scratch project. 

Agh! A student inadvertently deleted an amazing sprite w tons of scripts in 2.0. Any hope of recovery? Super hackers ?

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Thanks -I like this explanation, very helpful!

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Here is a printable hand-out, and accompanying 1.4 and 2.0 project for exploring drawing in a loop.  http://digitalblockarea.com/new-blog/2014/1/22/exploring-loops-with-the-magic-pencil

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Hi all - here's a set of "twin" projects - the same thing done in Scratch and in HTML5 ( Html + css3 + javascript ).  CodePen is a lot like Scratch...for html5. Both are linked at: http://bit.ly/1lCuvH0

Forgive me if I am the last to know, but today, I learned from Google, is Grace Hopper's birthday.  www.gracehopper.org

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Hi all - For Tuesday's lesson I made a graphic and Scratch project that illustrate - in broad strokes - one way vector drawing can work: http://bit.ly/1dKVdYU
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