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Start from Scratch, The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings

Start from Scratch is a national curricular program designed by CEEAS that can be implemented in any secure care facility across the country to teach students coding and programming. The program begins with a two-day writing exercise exploring the theme of transformation from a personal perspective. The curriculum next includes instruction in Scratch, a free downloadable programming tool, designed out of MIT, used for creating animations and games. Students will then have five days to convert their script to an animation using the Scratch skills they learned. The program culminates with a nationwide competition, with people from the private sector, academia, and juvenile justice arenas serving as judges.