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Start the New Year Coding with Scratch

2021-01-01 Scratch

Happy New Year! 2021 is a new beginning and it’s the perfect time to introduce a child to coding by learning Scratch.

Scratch is a coding language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share your creations with others around the world. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is designed especially for children ages 8 to 16, but people of all ages create and share with Scratch. Younger children may want to try ScratchJr, a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

Here are what some students are saying about Scratch:

“I like Scratch better than blogs or social networking sites like Facebook because we’re creating interesting games and projects that are fun to play, watch, and download. I don’t like to just talk to other people online, I like to talk about something creative and new.”

“My 8-year-old brother and I have been active participants of the Scratch Online Community for over a year. I enjoy designing and programming games and animations with other kids, because different people have different skills, and when you work together, you can build a much better project than you can alone.”

“Making games is something I’ve always thought would be fun, but I didn’t want a really complex programming language. In the beginning, even Scratch seemed complex, but after sticking with it for a while, I’ve been able to make some amazing games. And the fact that you can share projects so easily makes it even better. Scratch is awesome!”

Is Scratch right for your child? You can try Scratch with this step-by-step guide or check out Code&Play.

Happy Coding!