CODING LANGUAGES FOR KIDS

1. Scratch 3.0 ( TOP 10 CODING LANGUAGES FOR KIDS IN 2021 )

1. Scratch 3.0 ( TOP 10 CODING LANGUAGES FOR KIDS IN 2021 )

Scratch is a visual programming language and online community targeted mainly at children, by coding with ‘blocks’ in the editor. Users of Scratch can create online projects using a block-like interface; it is the first on our list because it is easy to understand for kids and beginners.

Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is thus an event-driven, block-based programming language that has been translated into 70+ languages, and is used in most parts of the world. It is used as an introductory language because creating interesting programs using Scratch is fairly easy, and skills learned in Scratch can be applied to other basic programming languages such as Python and Java. Learning Scratch allows kids to think like programmers and get a better understanding of key coding concepts, which in turn makes learning other coding languages a lot easier. Learning coding languages is often a sequential process and not necessarily a parallel process, so learning Scratch is the ideal way to get started. In fact, many leading educational institutions endorse this. A case in point is the programming language Snap!, which is heavily influenced by Scratch and has been used to teach The Beauty and Joy of Computing introductory course in computer science (CS) for non-CS-major students at UC Berkeley. Thus, Scratch is quite popular in after-school centers, schools and colleges.

Moreover, it has a very interactive online community where people share their artwork and games with each other; community statistics on Scratch’s official website state that more than 35 million projects have been shared as of October 2018. It’s an ideal choice for younger children given that kids can create animations, interactive stories, art or music using sequencing, input, output, branching, looping and variables under Scratch. For more information,

 

visit https://scratch.mit.edu/.