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An image of a Scratch Team member's forum title.

The Scratch Team (often abbreviated ST) is the group of people who work on Scratch that develop the Scratch program and moderate the Scratch website.

Joining the Scratch Team

Main article: How can I be a Scratch Team member?

To join the Scratch Team, you must be hired, as it is a paying job. In order to join the Scratch Team, you have to be 18 years old, commute to MIT Media Lab located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (for some jobs), and be skilled at the part you want to work at (programming, moderating, etc.). A current list of Scratch Job openings can be found here.


There are many members of the Scratch Team, including the following:[1]

A photo of the Scratch Team

The team of Scratch moderators manages, supports, and improves the Scratch online community:[1]

These people of the Playful Invention Company[7] "contributed to design, development, and exploration of new directions."[1] They also help moderate the website.

These people help coordinate the Scratch online community.[1]

Also, Yasmin Kafai (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and her research group conduct research studies with Scratch.[1]

Previous Members

These are people who were previously part of the Scratch Team, but have retired and moved onto other projects.

There have been many other people that contributed to Scratch, but have retired and have moved on. A full list can be found on the credits page.

Identifying Members

An asterisk next to a Scratch Team Member's name.

Members of the Scratch Team on the Scratch Website can be identified by the asterisk (*) next to their username.[11] Also, under the ST member's username will be the words "Scratch Team." In the Scratch Forums, the words "Scratch Team" appear underneath the profile picture of what the member posted. Some retired Scratch Team members do not have an asterisk next to their username.

Contacting the Scratch Team

One can contact the Scratch Team through the Contact Us form found at the bottom of every page. The Contact Us link is for more private or serious concerns, which should not be posted publicly. For less serious concerns, or for other reasons of contacting them, one can use a Scratch Team member's profile page.


The jobs page in the footer lists jobs currently available for those wanting to work on the Scratch Team. These are paid jobs, so applicants must be at least 18 (or work at or be a student at MIT) and have authorization to work in the US. The jobs available change over time, as new job openings come and go. The page can be found here.

See Also


  1. a b c d e http://scratch.mit.edu/info/credits/
  2. colbygk. (19/07/2018). "Please add brycedtea to Scratch Team credits page." https://github.com/LLK/scratch-www/issues/1978
  3. colbygk. (19/07/2018). "Please add pondermake to Scratch Team credits page." https://github.com/LLK/scratch-www/issues/1977
  4. a b andresmh. (1/12/2008). "I am very happy to officially announce that Paddle2See and Jens are now administrators of the Scratch website." http://scratcharchive.asun.co/forums/viewtopic.php?id=20463
  5. a b c d e dietbacon. (11/10/2017). 'Add to "moderators" section: Joel Gritter (@gulptea)[, ]Carolina Kaufman (@lkaufm)[. ]Move to "Previous MIT Scratch Members" section: Connor Hudson[, ]Lily Kim[, ]Tauntaun Kim[, ]Hanako Tjia[. ]' https://github.com/LLK/scratch-www/issues/1612#issuecomment-335820149
  6. Lightnin. (3/8/2009). "The Scratch Team has asked Cheddargirl to be our next Scratch Forum Moderator, and she has accepted." http://scratcharchive.asun.co/forums/viewtopic.php?id=12176
  7. http://www.playfulinvention.com/
  8. mletreat. (6/5/2008). "My name is Emily and I'm the newest member of the Scratch Team." http://scratcharchive.asun.co/forums/viewtopic.php?id=5256
  9. RjLance. (29/1/2016). "I had an awesome time being on the Scratch Team." https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/95852134/
  10. His rank is "Scratcher" and his bio says he is a "former Scratch Team member".
  11. andresmh. (20/9/2009). "Three days ago we started showing an asterisk next to the user name of members of the Scratch Team." ar-topic:23242