Ready to take your coding skills online? Scratch is a completely free, web-based block coding platform that is easy to use and offers endless possibilities for learners aged 3 to 100. Create a simple animation by picking a character (sprite) and giving it motion, sound and other actions. Remix an existing project or create your own!
– Laptop with internet access
– Webpage open to https://scratch.mit.edu/
Tips and Thoughts
– Don’t want to create an account? No problem! Click “Start creating” on the homepage, and get started! Remember, you won’t be able to save your projects without creating an account.
– Want an even simple language for younger learners? Download the free Scratch Jr. app for mobile devices.
– Remember to test your code as you go! Troubleshooting, or “debiggin” is an important part of learning how to code.
– Intro to Scratch Jr (for younger learners, available as a free app on mobile devices): how to videos
– Written Guide
– Older Video: Getting started in Scratch
– Info for parents
Here are some ideas for starter projects:
– Create an “All about me” Animation: Pick three sprites of things you like (for us at KID Museum, that would be Robots, Kids and Ice cream!). Then, use the motion blocks to animate each one!
– Make a Sound Machine: Pick a few sprites that represent things that make noise Then in the “sound” blocks, pick a new sound or record your own for each sprite to play when clicked.
– Animate a conversation! Pick two sprites, and have them talk to each other using the “Say” block in the Looks menu!