Starting from Scratch

Last week, I took a workshop in Scratch, an MIT programming language that helps young people (and folks like me) create interactive stories, games, and animations.

It was a lot of fun, although I realized early on that command-Z is not the friend that it is in other software programs. I got into all sorts of messes while experimenting, forcing me to start from scratch more than a few times.

Below are a couple of my creations. I did not draw the backgrounds or any of the features. What I did was program (in a WYSISYG sort of way) the actions and sounds.

Desert Chase

Floating Cloud

Check out Scratch, if you can. And if you have kids, definitely sign them up. It’s free and secure and will get them into the mindset of programming, which will help them in their digital futures.