Ten-year-old Zoe K. used to think that coding was just “weird words with weird symbols and stuff.” That was before her best friend told her about a place where she could make her own games. Read My Nguyen, of the Scratch Foundation's profile of one of our students, RangerZK.
Happy Birthday Scratch! World Scratch Day is extra special this year as it’s ten years since our favourite kids' coding language Scratch was launched. The team at MIT Media Lab have created an online community of over 18 million registered users, curious about coding and creating games, animations, fan fiction, tutorials, quizzes, joyful silliness, jokes and tributes.
The rate of technological change is ever increasing, and it’s worth pausing to think about our world in May 2007, when Scratch was first released.
What is coding, and why am I hearing everywhere my child needs to know how to code?
You’re not alone if you feel you’re hearing the words coding and STEM everywhere. Schools tout it on their signs – “We’re a STEM school!” Principals talk about it in their newsletters – “We’re coding” and if we’re lucky our kids casually dropped into the dinner time conversation “dad, I made an app today at school.”
That’s all great, but what are the kids doing, and are they really going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk?