Project Octopus


Lifelong Kindergarten

Lifelong Kindergarten


Project Octopus is a new way to make collaborative Scratch projects.

Based on technologies developed for the Scratch programming language, Project Octopus allows makers to capture an object from the physical world (e.g., a character made out of craft materials or a hand-drawn creature), program the object using Scratch blocks, and then send the programmed object to a collective canvas hosted on a public web server.

Multiple makers can capture, code, and share simultaneously, allowing large groups of people to work on the same project together in real time.

Project Octopus is designed for large scale collaborations in settings such as museums, outdoor spaces, and virtual online gatherings.

Project Octopus is a collaboration between researchers at Lifelong Kindergarten and colleagues at the Tinkering Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco.