This blogpost will show you teaching and learning resources available for the Snap! visual programming language.
Snap! is free, open source and developed at SAP together with UC Berkeley. It invites learners to creatively implement ideas and experience computer science in a playful and experimental way. What makes Snap! special is its audacious claim not to compromise on expressiveness despite a low entry threshold.
Fun with Snap! Banner showing different Snap! projects in instant camera images.
You want to learn Snap! in detail or want a comprehensive guide through introductory programming and Snap!? Our openSAP courses are exactly what you're looking for:
Get Coding with Snap! (EN / DE😞 Get to know Snap! and programming in general in 11 games, artworks and other fun activities.
From Media Computation to Data Science (EN😞 An introduction to computing with Media Computation. Get to know basic (and advanced) programming ideas while exploring, analyzing and modifying images, texts and sounds.
Exploring the world of AI (EN / DE😞 An introductory journey through AI covering theoretical backgrounds around traditional AI and Machine Learning in a playful way with board games and Snap!
Or take a look at Snap!'s signature curriculum "The Beauty and Joy of Computing" from UC Berkeley and EDC.
The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) (EN) is an introductory computer science curriculum developed at the University of California, Berkeley, intended for non-CS majors at the high school junior through undergraduate freshman level
BJC Sparks (EN) is a middle school and early high school curriculum focusing on a functional approach to programming, emphasizing the flow of information through functions — rather than emphasizing iteration and commands — and including exciting projects in graphics, data, and media.
You’re running a workshop and look for easy to use resources?These are our recommended, tried and trusted workshop ideas for different programming levels. If you’re looking for more, check the end of this document.
Workshops for for beginners:
Pointillism is an art form, where differently colored dots are applied in patterns to generate an image. In this project, you can become an artist by redrawing a photograph with just dots.
This teaching resource is part of IT2school goes AI (other modules here). You’re going through the whole process of programming, training, testing, refining and applying and AI, in this case a single-stroke gesture recognizer to animate stories.
Physical computing with Snap!. This Snap! version allows tethered programming of Arduino and Arduino-like boards. You can only run the programs while the boards are connected to your computer but can enjoy the live programming and parallelism that Snap! provides. In case, you rely on an autonomously running board, check out MicroBlocks.
“Schotter” (German for gravel) is an iconic piece of early computer art that was created by German computer scientist Georg Nees. It’s made from a grid of squares that’s getting increasingly disorganised. In this activity, you'll recode your own version of Schotter and remix it with new ideas to create a beautiful artifact.