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Scratch StarLogo TNG

August 7, 2013

Scratch needs little introduction because it is one of the more well-known applications to have come out from the MIT Media Lab and something kids can take to right away. Scratch is a programming language that can get your kids enthused about computer science and creating things with just a computer. We took a brief look into Scratch a few years back and it always earns a mention whenever we talk about teaching children how to program. Scratch also helps to teach kids about the basic concepts of design. Using Scratch is simple and there are quite a few online resources around it thanks to MIT’s efforts.

Scratch – Imagine, Program, Share


From one educational programming language we come to another. StarLogo TNG is a version of LOGO written in Java. In brief, it is a game modeling environment which can be used to teach how different entities (“blocks”) can be made to interact together and react to the world around them. It can be used to create educational video games with 3D graphics, sounds, and user inputs. And, without the complexity of advanced simulation programs.

MIT contributes a lot to the inclusiveness of technology and education. Some of you would know about App Inventor which is looked after by MIT now (it was a Google project originally). MIT Media Lab is one initiative that brings technology out into the open with more focus on the day-to-day interplay with the real-world. Financial Times went behind the scenes at MIT Media Labs and you can too. More importantly, you can try out these six tools and tell us their value in the scheme of things.

Image Credit: Knight Foundation (via Flickr)


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