Scratch is an interpreted dynamic visual programming language, based on Squeak. Being dynamic lets code be changed even as programs are running. It goal is to teach programming concepts to children and let them create games, videos, and music. It can be downloaded for free and is being used in a wide variety of in-school and after-school settings around the world. The name refers to the technique, developed in, and still common in, hip hop (rap) music, of a turntablist moving a vinyl record back and forth to make sounds, and refers to both the language and its implementation. It is being developed by a small team of researchers in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
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Tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit, lets kids make games, animated stories, interactive art, and share with others on the Net. In the tradition of Logo, Lego/Logo, but using new computational ideas so it is easier to start programming. Built on Squeak.
Wikipedia: Scratch Programming Language
Encyclopedia article, with links to related topics and references.
Scratch: Programming for Dummies or a Solid Intro to Object Orientation?
Brief description with some reader comments. Education IT, ZDNet.com. (May 18, 2007)
Scratch: Programming for Kids
Brief description, with historical perspective. ParentDish. (May 18, 2007)
MIT Media Lab Making Programming Fun for Kids
Brief description, many forum comments, links. Slashdot. (May 15, 2007)
MIT, UCLA Develop Programming Language for Kids
News story with a few links. CNET News.com. (May 15, 2007)
With Simplified Code, Programming Becomes Child's Play
Results and background for school that is beta-testing Scratch, a programming language by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab. Boston Globe. (May 15, 2007)
Creating from Scratch
Descriptive press release about MIT Media Lab Scratch project, to turn kids from media consumers into media producers. MIT News Office. (May 14, 2007)
Free Tool Offers 'Easy' Coding
Programming tool lets anyone create their own animations and video games launches. Story with photo, video, links. BBC News. (May 14, 2007)