https scratch mit edu : Getting Started with Scratch – MIT Media Lab
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.
Scratch promotes computational thinking and problem solving skills; creative teaching and learning; self-expression and collaboration; and equity in computing.
Scratch is always free and is available in more than 70 languages.
Who Uses Scratch?
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 is used in more than 200 different countries and territories and is available in more than 70 languages. To change languages, click the menu at the bottom of the page. Or, in the Project Editor, click the globe at the top of the page.
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.
Students are learning with Scratch at all levels (from elementary school to college) and across disciplines (such as math, computer science, language arts, social studies). Educator resources are available on the Scratch For Educators page.
What are the system requirements for Scratch?
Scratch will run in most current web browsers on desktops, laptops and tablets. You can view projects on mobile phones, but currently you are not able to create or edit projects on phones. Below is the list of officially supported browsers.
- Chrome (63+)
- Edge (15+)
- Firefox (57+)
- Safari (11+)
- Internet Explorer is NOT supported.
- Mobile Chrome (63+)
- Mobile Safari (11+)
- If your computer doesn’t meet these requirements, you can try the Scratch app editor
- If you encounter a WebGL error, try a different browser.
- On tablets, there is currently not a way to use “key pressed” blocks or right-click context menus.
How much does Scratch cost?
Do I need a license? Scratch is and always will be free. You don’t need a license to use Scratch in your school, home, or anywhere else. The development and maintenance of Scratch is paid for by grants and donations.
What is Scratch 3.0?
Scratch 3.0 is the latest generation of Scratch, launched on January 2, 2019. It is designed to expand how, what, and where you can create with Scratch. It includes dozens of new sprites, a totally new sound editor, and many new programming blocks. And with Scratch 3.0, you’re able to create and play projects on your tablet, in addition to your laptop or desktop computer.
Does Scratch 3.0 introduce new blocks?
Yes! In Scratch 3.0 you’ll find:
- New “sound effect” blocks
- New operators that make it easier to work with text (strings)
- New pen blocks, including support for transparency
- New glide block to move easily to a sprite (or random point)
- Many new capabilities through “Scratch Extensions”
What are the new features in the Paint Editor?
The Paint Editor has been redesigned to provide powerful new features while also making it easier to use. Changes and new features include:
- New layout that makes available tools and options more visible
- New tools such as an “eraser” that works in vector mode
- More options for selecting and adjusting colors
- More control over vector points (curve handles and point modes)
- Additional controls for ordering layers (“bring to front”, “move to back”, etc.)
- New gradient controls