May 8th – ScratchX

After writing about Arduino yesterday, I figured I should connect to some common knowledge that we have worked from, basically from the beginning.  All cool Makery/Physical Computing things have their own Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) that was developed with them in mind, but they have also been built to be compatible with many other IDE’s so they cast a wide net.  One common IDE is Scratch because it’s trustworthy, has been around forever and has a huge following.  Well Scratch has a few plugins (Pico Board, Lego WeDo 1.0, Lego WeDo 2.0) but to really get into it, you’ll need to jump to ScratchX.

May 8th – ScratchX

I’ll repeat the disclaimer found on the website on this blog post, “Warning: all extensions are experimental and not a product of the Scratch Team.” so there might be a few hiccups along the way, but some of the “experiments” do some very cool things.

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ScratchX Home Page taken May 24th

I first found ScratchX when looking for something that was easy to connect for the Arduino board, Scratch is a simple language so interacting with the tool early was key.

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Arduino Experiment in ScratchX

Then I noticed some of the other experiments and they are amazing.  The Twitter search is amazing because there are a dozen websites, including Twitter, that you can do that on, but having it available in Scratch shows the power of code and if you can dream it, you can build in.

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Twitter Search Experiment in ScratchX

In the additional experiments area you’ll find LittleBits and our good friend Stephen Lewis with MakeSense (who has been a hit at some trainings I’ve recently been doing).  So look around, much like the original Scratch you can’t really break anything and enjoy ScratchX!


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