MIT Media Lab (which in itself is a really cool site to visit if you want to know more about trending tech), Scratch allows you to program your own interactive stories, games, virtual tours, birthday cards, interactive tutorials, and animations. Once made, share your creations with others in the online Scratch community.
Joining Scratch is free. Just visit http://scratch.mit.edu/ and click on "Join Scratch". After learning the basics with their step-by-step tutorial, proceed to making your awesome animated creations. The building code pieces click together like Lego blocks, so you don't have to worry about putting something in the wrong spot. The "See Project Page" button shows you what your choices do. I'm not a great animator, but I had fun playing around.
Click on the image below to go to the website for viewing (it needs Flash to play).
To run programs, click on the green flag in the project's viewing screen, then follow any other directions listed. For example, to start the above "DIY Purse Tutorial", you also need to press the spacebar. Click on the Stop Sign icon to stop the video.
|screenshot of "Traveling through the Earth" animation by msres in Bangalore, India|
click on the "See Inside" link, and you'll see all their building
- If you'd like your teacher to use Scratch in class, you can direct him/her to Scratch-Ed for lesson plans: http://scratched.media.mit.edu/
- Learn more about the history and future of Scratch in an article by clicking on this handy-dandy link: Scratch: Programming for All by Mitchell Resnick et al.
- Downloadable how-to pdf: Getting started in Scratch