Sunday, May 15, 2016

Scracth Jr for iOS: Coding for kids


Wondering if you have what's required to create an app or a game?  Why not start gently with Scratch Jr. for iPad.



A few years ago, I was showing my kids what I was doing at my job by using Scratch on the computer.  Basically, it's a software that lets you create small games and applications using logic blocks that you can drag and drop on you characters.  It's a bit like playing Lego blocks with your mouse.

There is an iOS version called Scratch Jr. available in the AppStore.  It targets kids but anyone who wants to learn about software programing can start with this little app.  Of course, you won't be able to publish your apps or create the latest 3D games with Scratch Jr.  It is meant to be a really simplified version of the real thing.  But nevertheless, you will learn about conditions, loops and events in a matter of minutes.


The best thing is that Scratch Jr. is free.  The MIT has created this amazing app so kids, and grown ups, can learn about software development in a fun way.


There is a more advanced version of Scratch available online at https://scratch.mit.edu.

Have fun!