You may recall my earlier post here - Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas about kids and programming. I'd mentioned Scratch - a great programming environment for kids of all ages to get creative with computers that was due to be released by MIT Media Lab. Well it's here! Fun, easy, colorful, wysiwyg, lots of features, great online community for sharing your projects.
Check out this MIT press release as well as links to Mitch Resnick's videos about the product that are linked from the site and go ahead and download this free, fantastic product...
---------------------Mailer from Mitch Resnick announcing Scratch-------------------------
New software from Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab
As you may know, our research group at the MIT Media Lab has been
working for several years on a new programming language, called
Scratch, that enables kids to create their own interactive stories,
games, music, and animations.
This week, we are officially releasing Scratch and launching the
Scratch website (http://scratch.mit.edu), where people can share
their Scratch creations with one another.
Scratch builds on our group's previous work that led to the LEGO
MINDSTORMS and PicoCricket robotics kits. Just as the MINDSTORMS and
PicoCricket kits allow kids to program and control physical
creations, Scratch lets them program and control media-rich creations
on the screen. As kids create and share Scratch projects, they learn
important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a
deeper understanding of the process of design.
I hope you'll go to the Scratch website at http://scratch.mit.edu,
where you can download Scratch software and share projects created
I look forward to hearing about your experiences with Scratch. If you
have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
Professor of Learning Research
Lifelong Kindergarten group
MIT Media Lab