Is Scratch Used in the Real World?

Published by UCode Research on May 13, 2022

Is Scratch Used in the Real World? Generally, games available on the Scratch platform are usually free to play. Scratch is not a commercial application, and the main focus of the platform is to aid children in learning the basics of story-telling. Scratch is a visual programming environment that lets users create interactive, media-rich projects. Programming is done by linking colored blocks of code to a function and rendering a result, informing the child of their progress in learning the concept being illustrated. Images and sounds can be imported or created using a built-in tool and sound recorder.

Is Scratch Used in the Real World? No, it isn’t a professional programming language used to create professional applications and software.

While this is true, it does not detract from the legitimacy of projects made by the many users within its thriving community, which have many real world uses. Users have created animated stories, simulations, sensor-driven art, music videos, games, science projects, among a variety of other applications.

Where Scratch excels is in teaching computational thinking and problem-solving skills to students. It can also be used to teach basic computer science concepts. That’s how we do it at UCode, but it most other programs are focused on the elements of play and storytelling. 

https://www.ucode.com/courses/coding-classes-for-high-school-students

https://www.ucode.com/courses/coding-classes-for-middle-school-students

https://www.ucode.com/courses/coding-classes-for-kids-ages-6-to-11

 

Source:

  1. https://www.wired.com/2017/05/this-computer-language-is-feeding-hacker-values-into-young-minds
  2. http://web.media.mit.edu/~jmaloney/papers/ScratchLangAndEnvironment.pdf
  3. https://medium.com/scratchteam-blog/introducing-scratch-3-0-expanding-the-creative-possibilities-of-coding-ad4cd9eda9ef
  4. https://medium.com/scratchteam-blog/how-i-think-about-scratch-and-computer-science-b376111a5df
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