The Scratch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes creative coding for everyone by supporting the dynamic Scratch ecosystem. 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 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, a visual programming language developed by Mitch's research group at the MIT Media Lab.
In 2015, Code-to-Learn Foundation transitioned officially to the Scratch Foundation to reflect the organization's specific focus on Scratch and its dynamic ecosystem of interacting projects (Scratch, ScratchJr, ScratchEd) and events (Scratch Day, Scratch Conference, Scratch Educator Meetups).
MIT Media Lab Blog - Scratch + Google = Next Generation of Programming Blocks for Kids
Google for Education - Inspiring tomorrow’s coders at I/O Youth and beyond
Google Developers Blog - Scratch and Google Announce Scratch Blocks
Mashable - Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids
Fortune - Why Turner Is Investing $30 Million in Obama’s Coding Initiative
Wall Street Journal - New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code
NPR - The President Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
The Seattle Times - These teen students can code a video game — and so should yours, technologists say
Animation World Network - Cartoon Network Teams Up with Scratch to Engage Kids in Creative Coding
For additional press mentions for Scratch and ScratchJr, please visit the following pages:
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Mitchel Resnick is Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and Chair of the Scratch Foundation. At the Media Lab, Mitch develops new technologies and activities to engage young people in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group collaborated with the LEGO Company on the Mindstorms and WeDo robotics kits, and it develops the Scratch programming software and online community, used by millions of young people around the world. He also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Mitch co-founded the Scratch Foundation with David Siegel in 2013. He earned a BS in physics from Princeton, and an MS and PhD in computer science from MIT. He was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education in 2011.
David Siegel is the Co-Chairman and co-founder of Two Sigma Investments and founding board member of the Scratch Foundation. Prior to co-founding Two Sigma, David was Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director at Tudor Investment Corporation. After earning his doctorate, David joined D. E. Shaw & Co. and rose to become the company's first chief information officer. While at D. E. Shaw & Co., he founded and served as president of FarSight Financial Services, the world's first integrated personal financial services website, which was acquired by Merrill Lynch. A graduate of Princeton University, David received a PhD in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied at its Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. David has had a lifelong interest in building intelligent computational systems and continues to actively pursue this mission at Two Sigma today. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Insurance Group, the Scratch Foundation, NYC FIRST and NAF. In addition, David is a trustee of Carnegie Hall, an Executive Advisory Committee Member of the NSF/MIT Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, a member of the Cornell Tech Board of Overseers, and a member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for the MIT Media Laboratory.
Dr. Margaret Honey is the president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. She joined NYSCI in November of 2008. Among her current interests at NYSCI is the role of design-based learning in promoting student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. She is widely recognized for her work using digital technologies to support children’s learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Prior to joining NYSCI, she spent 15 years as vice president of the Education Development Center (EDC) and director of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology. While at EDC, Margaret was the architect and overseer of numerous large-scale projects funded by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, The Carnegie Corporation, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Energy. She also co-directed the Northeast and Islands Regional Education Laboratory.
Christina Miller is president and general manager for Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, as well as their digital brand extensions, including Cartoon Network.com and Adult Swim.com. In this capacity, Miller is responsible for leading the business in North America and working closely with Turner International to establish short and long-term priorities, as well as an overall worldwide strategic plan that will more closely align the Kids business. Prior to her current role, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio. Miller joined Cartoon Network Enterprises in 2005 and was responsible for building the division’s first global, multi-property, strategic partnership which brought the entire Cartoon Network portfolio of toys to market. Under her direction and in addition to managing the licensing of all Cartoon Network and Adult Swim original series, CNE expanded its role in to third-party licensing through strategic partnerships that built on the division’s core competencies. Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for brand strategy and licensing.
Lisa O’Brien is the founding executive director of the Scratch Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lisa directed global content strategy and acquisition for Discovery Education, where she secured educational media for digital distribution into K-12 classrooms. Earlier in her career, Lisa founded the art studio at the Boston Children’s Museum and built it into a dynamic, intergenerational art making space that offered daily, hands-on, visual art programming to the Museum’s annual 400,000+ audience of children, families, and school groups. Lisa is interested in the intersection of art and technology and is particularly excited by the opportunity to further position Scratch as a tool for creative and personal expression. She earned a BFA in sculpture from Boston University and an MA in art education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
As the Scratch Outreach Manager, Saskia Leggett builds relationships with organizations, curates and runs Scratch events and experiences, and shares resources and expertise. Saskia first joined the Scratch Team in 2014 as a Learning Experience Designer, writing, designing, and creating tutorials, videos, and guides for Scratchers and facilitators. Earlier in her career, she taught a middle school technology course at a charter school in New Orleans, helped develop education technology ventures at the startup incubator 4.0 Schools, and oversaw teacher training as the Senior Implementation Specialist at Kickboard for Schools, an online school management platform. Saskia believes in the transformative power of events and is passionate about providing pathways to discovering and exploring creative computing through Scratch. She earned a BS in Literature from Yale University in 2009 and an M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2014.
My Nguyen leads communications efforts within the Scratch ecosystem as the Foundation's Communications Specialist. Prior to joining Scratch Foundation, My acted as Web Marketing and Promotions Manager for VistaGraphics, Inc., a full-service custom, hospitality, and lifestyle publishing company based in Virginia Beach, Va. During her time at VistaGraphics, Inc., My developed the company's digital marketing and social media strategies, as well as created the Coastal Virginia Giving Back Awards, a now annual voting-based contest and gala event to honor and support outstanding local non-profit organizations. My graduated from Elon University in 2011, with a BS in online journalism and multimedia authoring.