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|“||We support approaches to coding that engage young people in thinking creatively, reasoning systematically, and working collaboratively -- essential skills for everyone in today's society.||”|
– The Scratch Foundation
|“|| We focus on Scratch, the block-based programming language and online community developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Scratch makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive media projects -- like games, animations, and simulations -- and then share their creations with others in an active, online community.
Scratch is available for free, for everyone. And that's why the Scratch Foundation is so important. Through gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations, we raise funds to support the entire Scratch ecosystem, including development of new technologies, organization of events, and dissemination of learning resources.
The Scratch Foundation's fundraising efforts will ensure that Scratch will continue to thrive as a creative tool and community for everyone, for years to come.
– The Scratch Foundation
The foundation was founded in 2013 as the Code-to-Learn Foundation by Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, and David Siegel, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the investment management firm Two Sigma. Mitch and David first met as graduate students in computer science at MIT in the 1980s, and reconnected 25 years later when David's son learned to program with Scratch, developed by Mitch's research group at the MIT Media Lab.
In 2015, they changed their name to the Scratch Foundation to reflect their specific focus on Scratch and its dynamic ecosystem of interacting projects (Scratch, ScratchJr, ScratchEd) and events (Scratch Day, Scratch Conference, Scratch Educator Meetups). Scratch is available for free, for everyone, and that’s why the Scratch Foundation is so important. Through gifts from private individuals, corporations, and foundations, they raise funds to support the entire Scratch ecosystem.
Members of the Foundation
Mitchel Resnick — Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab
David Siegel — Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Two Sigma
Margaret Honey — President and CEO, New York Hall of Science
Avraham Kadar — Founder and CEO, BrainPOP
Christina Miller — President and General Manager, Cartoon Network
The Scratch Foundation supports online communities and in-person events in the Scratch ecosystem, where people celebrate creativity, collaborate on projects, and share ideas with one another.
They provide funding to make Scratch and ScratchJr available on more platforms, such as mobile and tablet devices, with more features, and for broader audiences.
They develop and disseminate materials that help young people and educators engage in creative learning activities using the Scratch coding environment.