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Definition: Scratch


A visual programming language for creating animations, developed at MIT and introduced in 2007. A Scratch script is coded by dragging predefined action commands into a work area. Used in schools, colleges and community centers to create games, animations and infographics, Scratch is also used to teach basic programming concepts. See scratch disk.




Scratch Motion Commands
After dragging "Move 10 Steps" to the work area and changing 10 to 25, clicking the command moves the cat "costume" 25 steps across the stage. Users can create their own costumes, but Scratch comes with hundreds to choose from.