Scratch has become the world’s largest coding community for kids. In 2016 alone, more than 200 million children made a project with Scratch.
Scratch launched in May of 2007 as a downloadable desktop application. Kids could create their own interactive stories, games, and animations on their computer and share them with the online community by uploading them to the Scratch website. The release of Scratch 2.0 brought Scratch to the web in 2012, resulting in exponential growth in the Scratch community. Scratch is now the world’s largest coding platform for kids; it’s available worldwide, for free.
We needed a way to support the continued growth of Scratch and to help the project continue to scale, so the Scratch Foundation was established in 2013 as an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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, are the original founders. Mitch and David share a vision of ensuring that Scratch is available for free, for all kids around the world to express their creativity through code.
Our mission is to provide all children, from all backgrounds, with opportunities to imagine, create, and collaborate – so they can shape the world of tomorrow.
Since 2014, the Scratch Foundation has provided nearly 5 million dollars in funding to the Scratch project. Through our efforts and the generous financial support of our donors, Scratch reaches millions of kids around the world across 196 countries and in more than 70 different languages.