Scratch
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Programming language for kids 8 years and older.   Free
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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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Version 1.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later







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Ean commented on 27 Apr 2012
Home page is now: http://scratch.mit.edu/
[Version 1.4]


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Pen_sq commented on 20 Jan 2011
http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Scratch_1.4_Release_Notes

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.
[Version 1.4]


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Scoo commented on 31 Jul 2007
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.
[Version 1.1]


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$ir M. reviewed on 23 Jun 2007
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!)
[Version 1.1]


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Downloads:9,245
Version Downloads:6,977
Type:Multimedia Design : Author Tools
License:Free
Date:19 Jan 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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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