MIT's ScratchJr iPad app encourages children to 'code to learn'

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a new iPad app that aims to help 5-7 year-old children take their first steps in programming. ScratchJr is a free app based on MIT’s existing Scratch programming language, which has become a popular choice for slightly older children learning to code in schools around the world.

The new app encourages children to “program their own interactive stories” using graphical programming blocks. It is a collaboration between MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group, Tufts University’s Developmental Technologies team, and technology startup Playful Invention Company.

The ScratchJr iPad app was part-funded by $77k of Kickstarter pledges. Photograph: Tufts

The ScratchJr iPad app was part-funded by $77k of Kickstarter pledges. Photograph: Tufts

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