Using IO Boards for Scratch

I had no idea Scratch could be used to produce code for an Arduino board. That’s something I have to learn about. My six year old son will be interested!
The S4A website appears to be down right now but here are a few other resources to look over:


Scratch is just great for teaching programming right up to about 14 years old.

The normal game projects can be extended by using interface boards.  The first board I like is the Pico board which can be shown in this video:

These can be obtained online from

S4A is a Scratch modification that supports simple programming of the Arduino open source hardware platform. It provides new blocks for managing sensors and actuators connected to Arduino. There is also a sensor report board similar to the PicoBoard.

It has been created to attract people to the programming world. The goal is also to provide a high level interface to Arduino programmers with functionalities such as interacting with a set of boards through user events.



The best guys for Arduino and Scratch are

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A new CEO for Automattic

Automattic has a new CEO now that Toni and Matt have swapped roles in the company!

After eight years, I’ve decided to hang up my CEO hat and ask Matt to take over the job.

What an amazing ride it’s been! I met Matt, Automattic’s eventual founder, almost ten years ago, in the summer of 2004. We were introduced by Om Malik and immediately hit it off. I forget when the idea of creating a company behind the WordPress open source project first came up, but I think it was early on. When Matt started that company – Automattic – and asked me to be its CEO, it sounded like a great challenge and opportunity. My first day on the job was in January 2006. Automattic was four people strong and a few months old. We were small, but we had big dreams. We wanted to make WordPress huge – #1 in its market and used by millions of people. We wanted to build a thriving…

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Lovely morning


I saw the most amazing scene.  Rising sun,  fog and the silhouette of a dead tree with Blarney castle in the background.

I was driving so this is all I got. Roll on the robot drivers I say!