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Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others on the web. Projects are made up of objects called sprites, and users can change how sprites look by giving it a different costume. They can make a sprite look like a person or a train or a butterfly or anything else, and can use any image as a ‘costume’: users can draw an image in the Paint Editor, import an image from your hard disk, or drag in an image from a website. Sprites move and interact with one another on a digital Stage.

As young people create and share projects in Scratch, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch can be used in many different settings: schools, museums, community centers, and homes. It is intended especially for 8- to 16-year-olds, but younger children can work on Scratch projects with their parents or older siblings, and college students use Scratch in some introductory computer science classes.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

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