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Building the Program from Scratch

May 29, 2007

Scratch

M.I.T. Media Lab recently released a tool that even a 8-year-old child can use for programming. It’s called Scratch. The software, 36MB in size, is available for Windows & Mac users. Free. Intel & NSF have financially supported this project.

Scratch can let you create some interactive stories, animation & game etc without the programming skills. However, from building the Scratch project, they think this would help

“young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.”

Scratch Window

Sounds fun, right? If playing in the computer isn’t enough, you can order a Scratch Board from them. It’s a card with sensors and the electric circuit. Then you can control the movement of a Scratch sprite (an object in Scratch) from outside world via these sensors.

Scratch site also prepares some resources to help educators know this tool and to provide some educational ideas.

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