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Scratch – the website to teach kids the idea behind coding

Scatch build space

These days, even having a bit of understanding of what coding is and how it works will help you in a variety of ways. Scratch is a free website to help the youngest learners start to understand the basic concepts of coding.

Scratch is a program that lets you create short interactive programs by using a variety of commands. There are a finite amount of commands however, they can be moved around, mixed up and interact with each other in a number of ways. This program does not teach actual coding (no Java, HTML, or even C++) instead it focuses on concepts like creativity and reason to help creators better understand the basics behind the practice.

Scratch finished project

The website is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 16 but anyone can access and benefit from what it has to offer. It comes in a variety of different languages so people from all over the world can enjoy. The website is completely free and you can visit it for a quick trial run or just tuck in for a bit of creating right away.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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