World Scratch Day 2017 - Coding for Kids, Ten Years On

World Scratch Day 2017 - Coding for Kids, Ten Years On

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.

Five ways to crack the {gender} code

Five ways to crack the {gender} code

Thirteen and fourteen-year-old girls can be a tough crowd. It’s all about fitting in, impressing your friends and moving with the pack. How do you get them fired up about tech, and coding — a male dominated industry that couldn’t be further from teen pop culture?

What's the big deal with coding classes for kids?

What's the big deal with coding classes for kids?

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?