App teaches five-year-olds basic coding

The ScratchJr app aims to prepare young children to learn coding.

The ScratchJr app aims to prepare young children to learn coding.

Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to young children.

Children as young as 5 can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. They don't even have to know how to read.

In the free app ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements move, jump, talk and change size.

ScratchJr lets kids program their own interactive stories and games.

ScratchJr lets kids program their own interactive stories and games.

The co-developers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University say ScratchJr teaches kids to think creatively and helps them become confident in their skills in math, science and technology.

Talia Levitt has started using the app at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford.

She says it has taught her to concentrate and use her imagination.

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 - AP

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