Summer Youth: Create Games in Scratch (Ages 10 to 14 - Online)

  • Monday, July 20, 2020
  • Friday, July 24, 2020
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, July 20, 2020, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, July 24, 2020, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom Room 1 Online Class, Class Code EL072020MK
  • 4


  • *Please note that registration will close on July 19th.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Join old and new friends on Zoom for some coding this summer and create some computer games together!  

In this three-session online class you'll get coaching from the instructor and also have a chance to learn from your peers. 

We’ll be using a program called Scratch. This class is open to those unfamiliar with coding in Scratch, or those who are familiar with Scratch but want to join in the fun of crafting some games with others.

These are the games we'll be creating:

Clone Wars - Save the Earth from space monsters! You will learn how to make sprites move using keyboard input, how to clone sprites to make copies of them, and how to use ‘broadcast’ and ‘receive blocks’ to send messages.

CATS – In this game, you will guide cats to safety and keep them from falling into holes. You will learn how to use a forever loop to constantly generate moving cats, and how to use a repeat until loop to ensure cats follow a line.

Dodgeball - In this game, you have to dodge balls to get to the next level! You will learn how to use the keyboard to control a sprite, how to use the if, then, else Scratch block, and how to clone a sprite.

Here is what you will need to have for the class:  

1.) A dependable internet connection.    

2.) A computer or tablet able to run Scratch in one of the following browsers:   

Desktop Compatible Browsers 
  • Chrome 
  • Microsoft Edge 
  • Firefox 
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer is NOT supported.
  • Mobile Chrome
  • Mobile Safari

Note: The onlne version of Scratch is preferred, but you may also use an offline version which is accessible here - requirements are Windows10+, Android 6/0+, macOS 10.13+, and ChromeOS.  FAQ about Scratch are found here

Opening a free Scratch account is optional but recommended since it allows you to save and revisit projects. You may set this up ahead of time on the Scratch website using the 'Join Scratch' link at the top of the page at


  • This class is for youth 10-14 years old.
  • To register your youth, please put in the "First Name" field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours).
  • Registration for this class will close on Sunday, July 19th.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
  • A link will be sent 1 day prior to each session to join the Zoom online meeting. Please watch for this email.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and will notify families of this decision one week prior to the start of the class.  A full refund will be given.
  • If you have any questions, please email BARN Program Manager at

Instructor Bio:

Merrill Keating is a high school sophomore who has been coding and involved in the national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum since kindergarten. Merrill is in leadership and on the mechanics sub-team for her school’s FIRST Robotics team, was on the mechanics and drive team for her Girls Generation Robotics team, is a youth mentor who has taught adults and kids to code at a nearby university for 5 years, and is in the National Honor Society.

She is also the founder and president of 5 chapters of a global United Nations leadership and advocacy movement for middle and high school girls where STEM for Social Good is a primary initiative.

Merrill attended Girl Up's global Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. last July and was invited to be a speaker who led an INSPIRE session about the importance of learning code and the CoderDojo movement. At the ages of 11 and 12, she published three books, which are being sold around the world on Amazon and other major online and retail bookstores.

She was the founder and Lead Organizer for TEDxYouth@BainbridgeIsland, an inaugural event that showcased youth leaders in action in February 2020. Merrill is also a member of BARN's Teen Advisory Council. A recent State Affiliate winner for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award, she will attend the University of Washington this fall to study mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence (AI).

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