Scratch is the world’s largest coding community for children and a coding language with a simple visual interface that allows young people to create digital stories, games, and animations. Scratch is designed, developed, and moderated by the Scratch Foundation, a nonprofit organization and is a free resource available in more than 70 languages. Students or those with even minimal interest in learning coding will discover that they can quickly create their own interactive stories, animations, and video games while learning critical skills that are needed in the workplace. Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.
Scratch has tons of free online resources for students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in coding or creating their own video games. Educators are able to access the “Scratch in Practice” website that allows them to share resources and ideas with other educators from around the world. This website is updated monthly with a new theme for educators to explore and discuss so there will never be a shortage of new things to do! Scratch also offers Google’s free curriculum that includes over 1,000 instructional videos and lessons plans for students wanting to learn coding.
Students and independent learners won’t be alone if they don’t have an educator leading the way - Scratch offers a great library of free resources including video tutorials, coding cards with step-by-step instructions, and much more to make sure that you are supported throughout your coding journey. The Code Club is a great place to start and offers 30 free projects to get you started on your path to being a master coder!
Learn more at: https://scratch.mit.edu/