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July 10 Tesla Day Scratch Programming Challenge

July 10, 2014

Tesla Day Competition – Programming in Scratch

Make an Animated Card

TechShop Pittsburgh has donated a MAKE Learn to solder kit ($65 value) to be sent to the winner!

Log into Scratch and create a celebratory card that celebrates the genius who lit the world before July 10.  Submit the URL link to your creation to and we will add it to the Grow a Gen studio for all to admire!  Animations should be uniquely made for this competition, and not a remix of already existing Scratch Animations about Tesla.

What is Nikola Tesla Day? 

The Tesla Memorial Society of New York worked with the United Nations to create “Nikola Tesla Day” to signify a day of science, progress and brotherhood among all nations and religions. Tesla had 700 patents in the US and Europe. Which one will you highlight in your animation? Caution: one of the cleverest and witty write ups on Tesla’s life can be found on the Oatmeal website, but I would ask in the spirit of coopertition (thank you Dean Kamen for this new word!), let us celebrate Tesla without demeaning Edison, who was also a scientist worthy of recognition and honor.

Need to Learn Scratch?

Scartch Animator White BeltNot sure how to program in Scratch?  Why not sign up for the Scratch Animator Black Belt Series and learn enough to enter the Challenge!  Looking to expand your knowledge of Animation and Game Design? A Black Belt in Scratch Animation provides you with Kick “But” Coding skills that will awe and amaze your friends and family.   No purchase is necessary to enter the challenge.


RUBRICS for the Challenge

You can follow the LINK to find the Rubrics for the Challenge.  When you send your entry include the following.

Your scratch name
Your age range (8-11) (12-14) (15-18) (ADLT)
Your City and Country
Your Scratch Experience (Novice) (Student) (Practiced) (Master)
send to
subject line Tesla Day

What is Scratch Programming? 

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

While Scratch is primarily designed for 8 to 16 year olds, it is also used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.


Become a GrowaGen Lab (in your home, classroom, or after school program) by signing up for one of the GrowaGen online courses in Kick “But” Coding, Create a Website, Author a Book, and more to come. Your children can work alone or in small groups to learn 21st century skills by creating meaningful projects to include in their personal portfolios. Find out more here…


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