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Scratch

Scratch

Scratch is a multi-platform, open source, easy, interactive, collaborative programming environment designed for creating interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and sharing these on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop modern learning skills. When developing Scratch projects, students learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

Scratch is a graphical programming environment implemented in Squeak that works in a very Lego-like fashion. Testament to the popularity of Scratch, there are nearly 3 million projects that have been created with this programming environment.

 Scratch 2.0

Price
Free to download

Size
45.4MB (GPL v2) 4.8MB (Scratch Source Code License
License

GNU GPL v2 OR Scratch Source Code License

Developer
Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab

Website
scratch.mit.edu

System Requirements
Squeak-vm

Support Sites:
FAQ, Forums, Wiki, Video Tutorials, Scratch for Budding Computer Scientists, Simon Haughton's Blog

Selected Reviews:
Linux Journal

Features include:

  • Limited hardware / operating system access which helps make Scratch a safe programming language to learn
  • Build programs by snapping together colorful blocks of code
  • Turing complete
  • Visual Graphical User Interface
  • Basic programming constructs are supported and grouped into different block categories:
    • Motion
    • Looks
    • Sound
    • Pen
    • Control
    • Sensing
    • Operators
    • Variables
  • Variables and lists for data storage, and arrays can be replicated
  • Floating point scalars and strings are supported
  • Primarily event-driven
  • Many simplified casting rules
  • Small stage / Full stage / Presentation Mode
  • Compress sounds
  • Compress images
  • Upload programs to the Scratch Web site

Scratch in action

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