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!”