The MIT Media Lab has developed a programming language simple enough for children to use.

The MIT Media Lab has developed a programming language simple enough for children to use.

With the goal of teaching kids to understand how technology works, Scratch allows users to program through visual elements.

The National Science Foundation explains:

In Scratch, coding is done with graphical blocks, not with syntax and those semicolons. A student writes code by snapping together blocks, much like LEGO bricks or pieces of a puzzle. Additionally, the blocks are designed to fit only in ways that make syntactic sense. This eliminates the dreaded syntax errors that often frustrate and discourage young computer programmers. To create a program, students drag-and-drop the blocks to create procedures.

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