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Remix Software With Scratch!

Posted by kiwiscanfly on May 15, 2007

It’s a free programming tool that allows anyone to create their own animated stories, video games and interactive artworks has been launched.

“Kids make programs by snapping blocks together,” said Professor Resnick, whose position is in part supported by the toy company.

Objects and characters, chosen from a menu and created in a paint editor or simply cut and pasted off the web, are animated by snapping together different “action” blocks into stacks.

“They don’t have to worry about the obscure punctuation and syntax common in most programming languages,” he said.

Each block contains a separate command, such as “move” or “play drum” and each action can be modified from a drop-down menu. Blocks can only be stacked if they fit together.

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Mix and match

Scratch is inspired by the method hip hop DJs use to mix and scratch records to create new sounds.

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Users can share their creations on the Scratch website

“With Scratch, our goal is to allow people to mix together all kinds of media, not just sounds, in creative ways,” said Professor Resnick.

“We want people to start from existing materials – grabbing an image, grabbing some sound, maybe even bits of someone else’s program and then extending them and mixing them to make them their own.”

Digital creations can then be shared on a site where users can watch other creations and even borrow elements from other Scratch projects to act as raw materials for their own.

“Kids like to share stuff on the web and I think that is a very strong element of Scratch,” said Professor Nigel Shadbolt, of the University of Southampton and President of the British Computer Society (BCS).

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