By Scratch Foundation


ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5 and up) to create their own interactive stories and video games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters transfer, leap, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters within the paint editor, add their very own voices and sounds, even insert pictures of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

ScratchJr was impressed by the popular Scratch programming language (, utilized by hundreds of thousands of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In creating ScratchJr, we redesigned the interface and programming language to make them developmentally acceptable for youthful youngsters, fastidiously designing options to match younger youngsters's cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.

We see coding (or laptop programming) as a new kind of literacy. Just as writing helps you arrange your considering and categorical your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the previous, coding was seen as too tough for most people. But we expect coding must be for everybody, just like writing.

As younger children code with ScratchJr, they learn to create and specific themselves with the pc, not simply to work together with it. In the method, children study to resolve problems and design tasks, and they develop sequencing expertise which are foundational for later educational success. They additionally use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the event of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, youngsters aren't simply learning to code, they are coding to learn.

ScratchJr is a collaboration between the Developmental Technologies group at Tufts University, the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Playful Invention Company. Two Sigma led the implementation of the Android version of ScratchJr. The graphics and illustrations for ScratchJr had b

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