Computer programs are everywhere: from coffee machines and MP3 players, to spaceships and medical robots. But just like astronomy is more than simply using telescopes, Computer Science is more than simply using computers. It’s about programming computers to tell them precisely what to do. Coding is an invaluable skill that helps people think computationally, and hence effectively solve problems within and outside computer science. It is also creative and fun, allowing you, for instance, to build computer games to play with your friends.This course will introduce you to computer programming with Scratch, one of the easiest to use programming languages. You will create computer programs by plugging graphical coding blocks together, for example to create animations, build games and construct interactive stories. But this course is much more than an introduction to Scratch. It will teach you how to think like a programmer, a computer scientist, a software engineer! It will introduce you to the fundamental principles of computing, and prompt you to think around topics like algorithm design, user interaction, code reusability and generalisation of solutions. You will learn all this through in-depth, hands-on examples, interviews with computing experts, fun quizzes and creative projects. By the end of this course you will be equipped with a solid understanding of the foundations of computing, allowing you to move to different programming languages or take a more advanced programming course in the future.
NOTE: This course is also given in Spanish: https://www.coursera.org/course/aprogramar