What is Scratch?

Dec 21, 2022

Scratch is a programming language and an online community that was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a way to introduce young people to the world of coding and computer science. It was first released in 2002, and since then it has become one of the most popular tools for teaching kids how to code.

One of the things that sets Scratch apart from other programming languages is its simplicity. It was designed to be easy to use, even for kids who have never coded before. The interface is intuitive and visual, with blocks of code that snap together like puzzle pieces. This makes it easy for kids to see how their code is working and to make changes when things don't go as planned.


Another feature of Scratch that makes it so popular is its online community. There is a website where users can share their Scratch projects, get feedback from other users, and find inspiration for new projects. This community aspect makes learning to code with Scratch a social experience, which can be especially motivating for kids.

One of the most fun things about Scratch is that it can be used to create all sorts of interactive games, stories, and animations. Kids can use it to create their own versions of classic games, or they can use it to tell their own stories through animation. The possibilities are endless, and kids can get really creative with what they build.

If you're a parent or teacher who is looking for a way to introduce kids to the world of coding, Scratch is a great place to start. It's fun, easy to use, and has a strong online community to support learning and creativity. Plus, the skills that kids learn through Scratch can be a great foundation for learning more advanced programming languages in the future.

If you're curious about how best to use Scratch to teach your kids to code, watch this video to help you get started. 

For more beginner Scratch projects along with tutorials, read this blog.

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