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Hi. I'm Clive Haworth. I'm the CEO of Robots in Schools and I spend some of my time developing the Edbot Software that lets you code your Edbot and Edbot Dream in Scratch, Python, JavaScript and more.

Edbot Software and Scratch 3.0

With the announcement of Scratch 3.0, I thought it would be a good idea to lay down our future plans for Scratch support in the Edbot Software.

Scratch 3.0 is the next major release of Scratch, a popular visual programming language used for teaching.

The new version of Scratch is designed to run in a browser without the need for a Flash plugin. This means it will run on tablets! The launch date is early 2019, with a beta program starting in August 2018. See the following link for more details:

https://medium.com/scratchteam-blog/3-things-to-know-about-scratch-3-0-18ee2f564278

Currently the Edbot Software works with both Scratch 2.0 online and offline versions. The Scratch Team have announced plans to retire Scratch 2.0 online when Scratch 3.0 is finally released. They have however committed to supporting Scratch 2.0 offline:

https://twitter.com/scratch/status/1013794556549070849

Scratch 2.0 offline is available from the following URL for PC and Mac:

https://scratch.mit.edu/download

On the Raspberry Pi, Scratch 2.0 offline comes bundled with Raspbian Stretch.

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You can install it on the older Raspbian Jessie using the command:

sudo apt-get install scratch2

This means you can continue to use Scratch 2.0 offline with Edbot for the foreseeable future.

Going forwards we plan to fully support Scratch 3.0 using the new Scratch extension mechanism. This mechanism has not yet been finalised, but rest assured we are watching developments and will let you know when our Edbot extension becomes available.