Coding with Scratch

Scratch is a free, visual programming language designed for beginners to learn coding concepts through creating interactive stories, games, and animations. It uses drag-and-drop blocks instead of text-based code, making it accessible for children and adults with no prior programming experience.

How to do it:

  1. Visit the Scratch website ( and create an account (optional).
  2. Explore the interface and familiarize yourself with the different types of blocks available (motion, looks, sound, etc.).
  3. Start with simple projects like creating characters that move across the screen or making sounds based on user interaction.
  4. As you progress, build more complex projects by combining different blocks, adding conditions, and loops.
  5. Share your creations with the Scratch community and get feedback!


  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Enhance creativity and imagination.
  • Learn basic coding concepts in a fun and engaging way.
  • Gain valuable skills for future careers in technology.


Starting Age:

8 years old


Weekly/Monthly Costs:

  • Free to use Scratch online.

Starting Tips:

  • Begin with the introductory tutorials available on the Scratch website.
  • Use the project ideas and examples as inspiration for your own creations.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes – that’s how you learn!
  • Join the Scratch community to share your projects and learn from others.

Practice Frequency:

  • Regular practice is key to developing your coding skills. Aim for at least 1-2 hours per week of dedicated coding time.

Requirements for Mastery:

  • Level 1: Create basic Scratch projects using different types of blocks (motion, looks, sound, etc.).
  • Level 2: Develop projects with conditional statements and loops.
  • Level 3: Design interactive games and animations with user input and complex interactions.
  • Level 4: Contribute to the Scratch community by creating advanced projects, tutorials, or workshops.

Famous People in Coding:

  • Reshma Saujani: Founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization promoting computer science education for girls.
  • Mark Zuckerberg: Co-founder and CEO of Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook), known for his early coding skills in developing social media platforms.