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Scratch – Easy programming tool for kids

I just came across this on the BBC website:

A free programming tool that allows anyone to create their own animated stories, video games and interactive artworks has been developed.

Primarily aimed at children, [tag]Scratch[/tag] does not require prior knowledge of complex computer languages.

Instead, it uses a simple graphical interface that allows programs to be assembled like building blocks.

The digital toolkit, developed in the US at MIT's Media Lab, allows people to blend images, sound and video.

"Computer programming has been traditionally seen as something that is beyond most people - it's only for a special group with technical expertise and experience," said Professor [tag]Mitchel Resnick[/tag], one of the researchers at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at [tag]MIT[/tag].

"We have developed Scratch as a new type of programming language, which is much more accessible."

The Scratch website is currently swamped with traffic so I haven't been able to download the program yet (if you want it, you'll have to make a mental note to visit later).  In the meantime, here's a video: