This is my second year in One Laptop Per Child, so I have been able to skip many of the basic lessons and jump right in to the fun projects! We have already started using the program Scratch (pictured below). To use Scratch, we select characters called “sprites” and choose a background. Then we can program the sprites to do anything we like. Eventually, we will program the sprites to dance to music or create a maze for the users to lead their sprites through. The girls who went to St. John last year have more experience with Scratch, so they have been helping the rest of us, myself included, learn about the program. However, some of the girls are entirely new to the class, so I have been teaching them about Etoys and what OLPC is all about. So far, I’ve had a great time playing around with Scratch and creating fun scenarios with my sprites. I am very excited to begin all of our projects in the year to come!