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Scratch engages millions of children around the world in coding and sharing projects to express their ideas and develop their creativity.

Scratch

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Scratch is a free creative coding platform and online community that allows children of all ages to code, share, and remix their own stories, games, and animations. Scratch is translated into 50+ languages and available both online and offline. There are hundreds of thousands of educators around the world who are using Scratch in and out of classrooms and across the curriculum.
Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab
As children create and share Scratch projects, they’re learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.

Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab

Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2021

Quality Education for all during Covid-19

Creativity

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Innovation Overview

8 - 16
Age Group
43 000 000
Children/Users
163
Countries
2007
Established
Not-for-profit
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We support creative coding for everyone.

What we do?

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch was first launched as a desktop application in 2007 by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Inspired by the early programming language Logo, Scratch was developed as an open source, block-based platform to support a wide range of creative expression. Scratch 3.0, launched in 2019, is designed to work in any current browser and on a wide variety of devices — including touch devices like tablets. Kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations on their computer and share them with the online community by uploading them to the Scratch website. No internet? No problem. The Scratch app allows you to create Scratch projects without an internet connection. With more than 43 million registered users, Scratch is now the world’s largest creative coding community for children. 

The Scratch online community lies at the heart of Scratch as a collaborative tool. Scratch users can remix any project on the Scratch website to modify and add their own ideas. We believe that remixing other people’s projects is a great way to learn to program and to create interesting projects. Through remixing, creative ideas spread through the Scratch community, and everyone benefits. In the spirit of collaboration, Scratch also supports user comments and collections of themed projects in Scratch studios.

Scratch is used in hundreds of thousands of schools around the world, in many different subject areas (including language arts, science, history, math, and computer science). You can learn more about strategies and resources for using Scratch in schools and other learning environments (such as museums, libraries, and community centers) on our Educators Page and Scratch in Practice (SiP) Page.

Scratch and partner organizations continue to innovate with ways to integrate Scratch with other technologies and experiences through their extensions library. For example, there are built-in extension blocks that enable you to program physical devices (such as micro:bit, MaKey MaKey, and LEGO robotics kits). There is also an experimental extensions site that supports integration with more advanced hardware and technologies such as the Internet of things (IoT) and augmented reality (A/R). The team will keep adding new extensions over time, so what you can do with Scratch will continue to grow over time!

The Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT and collaborators continue to research how people use and learn with Scratch. Find out more about Scratch research and statistics.

Why we do it?

Our mission is to provide all children, from all backgrounds, with opportunities to imagine, create, and collaborate – so they can shape the world of tomorrow. 

We envision a world where all children, from all backgrounds, can become full and active contributors to tomorrow’s society. 

Research

HundrED Academy Review

HUGE fan of Scratch! I currently use this innovation at my school. It’s a free creative coding platform and online community that allows children of all ages to code, share, and remix their own stories, games, and animations. It’s very impactful and very scalable.

- HundrED Academy Member

I have been waiting for this type of a website. Flexible in and out of our curriculum! As a high school teacher, I will introduce SCRATCH into our project based learning. Thank you.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
Scratch is providing opportunities for students to learn how to code using offline and online options. Their collaborative platform brings together students from around the world to remix, create and explore different ways of coding. A great way to immerse yourself in coding, regardless of your experience.
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

November 2020
Creativity
April 2020
Quality Education for All during Coronavirus
March 2020
Scratch Surpasses 40 Million Registered Participants Globally
March 2020
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
January 2019
Scratch 3.0 Launched
June 2018
ISTE MakeIT Happen Award
February 2018
PROSE Award: Lifelong Kindergarten book featuring Scratch
May 2017
Celebrating 10 years of Scratch at the 2017 Scratch Day at MIT!
February 2016
Scratch Online Community Reaches 10 Million Participants
May 2013
Scratch 2.0 Released Internationally in 40+ Languages
January 2010
Kids@Play Award: Best Informal Learning Experience
March 2008
Eliot Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media
May 2007
First Version of Scratch Released
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Imagine
What do you want to make with Scratch?
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Create
Design your own story, game, or animation.
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Share
You're ready to share your project with the Scratch Community!
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