Cartoon Network Contributes $30 Million To Obama’s STEM Initiative

Cartoon Network Contributes $30 Million To Obama's STEM Initiative

Cartoon Network Contributes $30 Million To Obama’s STEM Initiative

Over the weekend, President Obama announced that the USA government is committed to STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) as part of the elementary school curriculum. As part of the plan, Cartoon Network will be supporting the Computer Science for All Initiative by offering $30 million to teaching children the basics of computer programming. Cartoon Network is the only private sector supporter of the President’s new STEM initiative that is involved with the child demographic.

Cartoon Network has already partnered with MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) by offering programming tutorials using characters from We Bare Bears using the easy to learn programming language – Scratch.

Christina Miller, president and general manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, made this statement about Cartoon Network’s programming initiative:

“This generation of kids is incredibly creative and inventive, and we’re inspired by them every day. Computer literacy and learning to code are vitally important skills that foster creativity and self-expression. With this long-term commitment, we will leverage our brands and platforms to drive awareness for coding and provide access to the necessary tools to kids everywhere. The result, we hope, is that we help inspire the next generation as much as they inspire us.”

http://www.animationmagazine.net/vfx/cartoon-network-commits-30m-to-presidential-stem-initiative/

Cartoon Network USA Launches Scratch Programming Tutorials For Kids

Cartoon Network USA Launches Scratch Programming Tutorials For Kids

Cartoon Network USA Launches Scratch Programming Tutorials For Kids

Today (03/12/2015), Cartoon Network USA has announced the launch of a series of free computer coding tutorials for children using and featuring characters, scenes, and audio from We Bare Bears. The tutorials were made in collaboration with Cartoon Network and Scratch, a coding platform used to teach children the basics of computer programming. With Scratch, it’s possible to create interactive stories games and animations.

Cartoon Network worked with the Scratch programming team at MIT (Massachusettes Institute of Technology) Media Lab to encourage kids to learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (also known as STEAM). By using the We Bare Bears tutorials, children are able to learn how to use Scratch’s programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, talk and interact with one another. Programming can help improve children’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Christina Miller, President and General Manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang made this statement on how the use of Scratch will help kids unleash their creativity:

“Scratch’s technology enables kids to unleash their creative ideas and express themselves. By giving kids access to these beloved characters so that they can create their own stories, we can also encourage collaboration and help build important skills for their future.”

http://www.timewarner.com/blog/posts/20151203-cartoon-network-helps-scratch-the-creative-itch