- Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website targeted primarily at children to help learn code.
- Scratch takes its name from a technique used by disk jockeys called “scratching”, where vinyl records are clipped together and manipulated on a turntable to produce different sound effects and music. Like scratching, the website lets users mix together different media (including graphics, sound, and other programs) in creative ways by creating and remixing projects, like video games and animations.
- Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab, has been translated into 70+ languages, and is used in most parts of the world.
- Scratch is taught and used in after-school centers, schools, and colleges, as well as other public knowledge institutions.