Ricarose Roque

Together with the MIT Scratch Team, I help with the design thinking and management of the Scratch online community. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where people can create and share their own interactive media such as games, animations, and stories. Since Scratch launched in 2007, young people, primarily between the ages of 8 and 16, from all over the world have shared over 4 million projects. As a member of the team, I study ways to support community members to create and learn together in a welcoming community with diverse backgrounds. My research has included studying creative collaboration, gender participation, and the kinds of leadership roles that young people take on. I have also developed community outreach projects that engage young people from underrepresented groups in computing.