Turning Programming Into Child’s Play

Computer programming is not usually taught to 8-year-olds. But a new system developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology turns building video games into child’s play.

The system is called Scratch, named after a method that hip-hop DJ’s use to mix music. The software, available free online, is being used by schools and some colleges to teach basic computer-science concepts while avoiding scary programming jargon.


Students have used Scratch to create maze-running games, animated stories, and other interactive amusements.

Watch a demonstration of Scratch, and see some of the most popular creations.

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