Scratch!

Scratch - Programming for kids

What’s a seven-letter synonym for ‘Awesome’? Mitch Resnick and MIT’s Scratch. 37 million projects can’t be wrong. Yeah. You read that right. That’s Thirty-seven and six trailing zeros before the decimal. So yeah, awesome.

Scratch softwareScratching your head? You can learn a lot in a short amount of time watching either of the videos below.

Yeah, I know. Another Ted Talk. 🙂 At least I’m consistent.

Scratch isn’t new–it has been around since at least 2007, but really only took off a few years ago. I’d like to think the PowerPuff Girls had something to do with that. Okay, maybe just maybe they had an assist from the President, Wallstreet Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, the Hollywood Reporter, social media and a lot of patient parents. Just maybe.

I’m not suggesting you start your kids out with a Python, Ruby, or Java controlled wifi-enabled mobile over their crib that… Whoa. That just might…
I am suggesting that Scratch is one great way to get your kids interested in coding. And they can make some great friends in the process.

Children using Scratch in a Maker Space at a Public Library

Scratch 3.0 debuts next month and expands the language and portability. One area that they need help with is language translation. Currently, all of the language work is done by volunteers. The Beta version has been translated into over 40 languages, but many are still in the review process. Only Abkhaz, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Gaelic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovenian, Swedish, and Ukrainian have been fully reviewed and are ready for prime time.

If you can help with translation or review, please contact [email protected] Not code-happy omniglot? You can still help. The Scratch Foundation has a donations page, or you can contact them directly at [email protected]

Interested in resources?
On Twitter check out @ScratchEdTeam, @scratch ‏and @makeymakey.
Aardman fans will find a way to get to that itch here as well