Today is world Scratch Day. Scratch is a project from the MIT Media Lab, a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, animation, etc. It was designed to get kids involved in programming and to teach them the fundamental ideas behind computation and mathematics while allowing them to play around and work creatively. For more information, visit scratch.mit.edu
Jeremy Conn created, with in a matter of minutes, a full fledged pong game using Scratch with collision detection, score keeping, and a simple AI.
Jeremy comparing Scratch to other graphics oriented rapid prototyping tools like Alice, Open Frameworks, and Processing.