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Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

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Ean Member IconComment+223

Home page is now: http://scratch.mit.edu/

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Version 1.4
Pen_sq Member IconComment+28


Scratch now supports prompting for text, and manipulating it. The UI has been tweaked to fit on lower resolution screens. Support for Lego(R) WeDo(TM) hardware was added.

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Version 1.4
Scoo Member IconComment+1

Outstanding multimedia and game development software. I have precious little programming experience, but was able to make a breakout clone in under 3 hours. My 7 year old loves it as well, I showed him the basics, and he was off to the races making his own apps in a matter of hours. The programming model Scratch uses will appeal to any visual learners; fInally, I understand what variables and loops can do.

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Version 1.1
$ir M. Member IconReview+21
$ir M.

Scratch looks awesome -- a fun, painless way for kids (MITML says 8 and up, though I bet a sharp 5-year-old could grasp this) to learn about rudimentary programming concepts. Its puzzle-piece subroutine metaphor is intuitive and well thought out, and if we accept the standard formula (power + simplicity = elegance), then I believe the e-word definitely applies! The included code examples illustrate a wide variety of concepts, so kids can feel comfortable diving right in, and a way to share one's programs with the world (the app is also cross-platform) has been built in as well.

It's still a work in progress: during testing I had to force-quit a few times. But not to complain -- this is a very worthy idea. (Imagine if it came with a standalone compiler ... yikes!)

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 9,853
Version Downloads 7,585
License Free
Date 19 Jan 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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