Scratch Night Report | Memorial Parade | Free Ferry & Museums

May 24, 2018 in #events | | | Share on Google+

First an announcement. We still have a few spots at the Chinese Summer School the last 2 weeks of August! I've been so busy with the summit I forgot to tell folks about it. :)

We went to a Scratch Night at the High School a week or so ago. Okay to appreciate this story you gotta first know a bit about my son: he really doesn't like to be publicly judged.

One time we went to the best ramen shop in town. It's a small, no-frill place in Porter Square with just 3 rows of benches. It has one catch: they rate everyone on how much you eat, publicly: you get "perfect" if you can finish everything, and "almost" and "next time" if you leave food in your bowl.

My son so hated having the spotlight on him and being judged that he didn't want to go to the restaurant EVER again.

Back to the present. The Scratch Night was nice, with laptops laid out for anyone to try programming with Scratch, which my son has tried before from school. He got stuck on his program, and I flagged down a tutor to get him some help. Soon my son's simple game was working.

Then at the end of the hour, the organizers asked for people to present their programs. Ever the proud mom, I asked my son if he'd like to present.

"Uh, that's okay," my son said, as I expected.

"Look at that boy's game, it's pretty simple. Yours is much better. Just show it." I persisted.

After 5-7 presentations, some didn't work at all. My son seemed to feel more confident.

"Well, if you want, I could show it."

"Really? I mean, great!" I was a very happy mom.

My son's presentation went very well. He didn't even show sign of being nervous when the slow machine he was presenting on wasn't responding to his game play at first. The crowd went ooh-aah when the background color of his game changed, and laughed appreciatively when my son's character defeated the bad guy and a happy message popped up on the screen.

He walked away happy, and me the proud mom 10x so. :)

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May 24, 2018 in #events | | | Share on Google+