CS First and Scratch 3.0

This page will provide the most recent updates and information regarding CS First + Scratch 3.0.

CS First + Scratch 3.0 is here! 

Here's what you can expect your CS First experience to look like as of January 2, 2019.

  • Updated student videos that reflect Scratch 3.0 for Animate a Name, Art, Create Your Own Google Logo (Original), Fashion & Design, Friends, Game Design, High Seas, Music & Sound, Sports, and Storytelling. An Unusual Discovery was originally filmed in 3.0. These are all available now on g.co/csfirst/curriculum.
  • Create your Own Google Logo Valentines Day and Earth DayGumball, and Friends will be updated for Scratch 3.0 and added to the CS First website before April, 2019.
  • Social Media and Animation may be redesigned and launch later in 2019.
  • Lesson Plans and Solutions Sheets have been updated for Scratch 3.0 and now live in Google Docs.
  • A new CS First Starter Guide has been created to help you as you begin your CS First journey.
  • Print kits (including Student Passports) now reflect CS First + Scratch 3.0, and will begin arriving later this week in qualifying locations.
  • Students will be automatically directed to Scratch 3.0 as they open their starter projects and will complete their projects using the new 3.0 interface.
  • Minor updates were made to some sprites and backdrops in our starter projects.
  • The order of Storytelling Activity 1 and Activity 2 have been swapped. 
  • High Seas and Storytelling have been updated for Scratch 3.0 in German, French, and Italian. Games will be added soon.

Read more about the launch of Scratch 3.0 on Scratch's blog and check out their latest video

Having troubles with Scratch? Visit this help article for more info.

CS First + Scratch 3.0 FAQ

Updated Dec 5, 2018

Q: What date will CS First reflect Scratch 3.0 in the videos and materials?
January 2, 2019. Please note: Scratch will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours on the morning (ET) of Jan 2, 2019, as they launch Scratch 3.0 (Tweet from Scratch).

Q: Where can I learn more about Scratch 3.0?
Check out the Scratch 3.0 FAQ or webinar. You can also follow along on Twitter.

Q: What parts of CS First will change with the transition to Scratch 3.0?
CS First will still function the same way but you will notice we’ve made updates to reflect the new user interface of Scratch 3.0. Here’s a summary of what’s changing:

  • A few themes and sample activities (see full list below) will not be available starting January 2, 2019. Updated versions of some of these themes will launch in early 2019. 
  • All of the student videos will be updated and show the Scratch 3.0 interface and editor.
  • Solution sheets and passports will reflect new Scratch 3.0 block images.
  • Students will be automatically directed to Scratch 3.0 as they open their starter projects.
  • Minor updates were made to some sprites, backdrops, etc. in our starter projects.
  • The order of Storytelling Activity 1 and Activity 2 will be swapped. This isn’t related to Scratch 3.0, but it’s launching at the same time. 

Q: Which themes and sample activities will be updated for Scratch 3.0?
The following themes/activities will be available on the CS First website on January 2, 2019.

  • An Unusual Discovery
  • Animate a Name
  • Art
  • Create Your Own Google Logo (original)
  • Fashion & Design
  • Friends
  • Game Design
  • High Seas
  • Music & Sound
  • Sports
  • Storytelling

Q: Which themes won’t be available on January 2, 2019?
The following themes/activities will not be available on the CS First website starting January 2, 2019. 

  • Create Your Own Google Logo - Valentines Day (to be launched before February, 2019)
  • Create Your Own Google Logo - Earth Day (to be launched before March, 2019)
  • Gumball’s Coding Adventure (to be launched before March, 2019)
  • Friends (to be launched before April, 2019)
  • Social Media (may be redesigned and launch later in 2019)
  • Animation (may be redesigned and launch later in 2019)

Q: What if I have a class that starts in 2018 but ends in 2019?
Ideally you can finish your class prior to December 31, 2018 or start your class after January 2, 2019, but if that’s not possible, you will still be fine. Students will still be able to use their existing account to log in to both CS First and Scratch 3.0. You will simply see students get directed to the new Scratch 3.0 editor to finish any current or outstanding projects. In some cases, we made small updates to our projects (i.e., you might notice a different sprite or backdrop), but it shouldn’t affect how the student completes the activity.

If you have an Animation, Friends, Gumball, Logo Valentines Day/Earth Day, or Social Media class, you will need to complete all activities prior to January 1, 2019, or start a new class with a 3.0-ready theme (see list above). Starting January 2, 2019 these themes will not be available on the CS First website.

Q: If I have a print kit that was delivered prior to January 2, 2019, will I still be able to use it?
Yes! Most of the updates to print materials were cosmetic to reflect the new Scratch 3.0 user interface (blocks, colors, etc). Using our 2018 materials shouldn’t cause any significant problems.

Q: My class starts after January 2, 2019. Will my print materials be updated to reflect Scratch 3.0?
Yes. Classes that start after January 2, 2019 will be shipped 3.0 kits. These 3.0 kits will begin arriving after January 2nd.

Q: What’s the difference between the current version of Scratch 3.0 and the version launching on January 2nd?
Currently, the Beta version of Scratch 3.0 is not connected to the online community and you are unable to sign in, save, and share your work or interact with other Scratch users. After January 2, the online community will be connected and users will be able to sign-in, share their work, and interact with other Scratchers via comments and Remixing projects.

Q: Will I be able to Save my projects in Scratch after the launch in January?
Yes, Scratch 3.0 will officially launch on January 2, which includes connecting it to the online community. At that time, you will be able to sign-in, save, and share your projects in Scratch. 

Q: Will I have access to my Scratch 2.0 projects in Scratch 3.0?
Any project that was saved in Scratch 2.0 will be available in Scratch 3.0 after January 2, 2019.

Q: Will Scratch 3.0 work on tablets and phones? 
Scratch 3.0 will work on desktop, laptop, and tablet devices (iOS 11+ and Android 6+). On tablets, there won’t be a way to use “key pressed” blocks or right-click context menus until later in 2019. You will be able to view projects on mobile phones, but you won’t be able to create or edit projects on phones.

Q: What will happen to Scratch 2.0?
The online version of Scratch 2.0 will be replaced with Scratch 3.0. You will still be able to access the Scratch 2.0 offline editor and all of your saved Scratch 2.0 projects will be available in Scratch 3.0.

Q: Will the Scratch offline editor be available on Chromebooks?
Yes. In the second half of 2019 the offline version of Scratch 3.0 will be available on Chromebooks.


Everything you need to know about CS First + Scratch 3.0

Updated Oct 4, 2018

We’re excited about what Scratch 3.0 means for our teachers and students -- an improved user experience, more stable platform, and more! 

If you are teaching CS First in the coming months, please keep the following in mind:

Start Dates

In order to have the best CS First experience as we migrate to Scratch 3.0, start your club with enough time to finish all activities before December 31, 2018, or start your club on or after January 7, 2019.

Theme availability 


Games, Storytelling, Art, Music, Fashion, Sports, An Unusual Discovery, Create Your Own Google Logo (original), Animate a Name and High Seas will be updated and available when Scratch 3.0 launches in January. 

Friends, Gumball’s Coding Adventure, and Create Your Own Google Logo Valentines Day and Earth Day will be temporarily unavailable starting January 2, 2019. They will return once they have been updated for Scratch 3.0. 

Animation and Social Media may be redesigned and launched later in 2019.


As we update our print kit materials for Scratch 3.0 and also in anticipation of school closures during the holiday/winter period, please consider the following as you select your preference for materials shipment:

  • The current (Scratch 2.0) materials will be delivered until November 30, 2018.
  • No materials will be delivered between November 30, 2018 and January 2, 2019.
  • Updated (Scratch 3.0) materials will be delivered on or after January 2, 2019.

Other notable CS First changes with the launch of Scratch 3.0 

  • The term “club” will be referred to as “class” in our materials.
  • Our Lesson Plans and Solution Sheets will move to Google Docs and you will still be able to print these documents if desired.
  • An addition of a new Starter Guide which will help teachers navigate the first day of a CS First class.
  • Scratch 3.0 will be compatible on tablets with Mobile Chrome or Safari.
  • The Scratch 3.0 offline editor will be available for Chromebooks in the second half of 2019.
  • Internet Explorer will no longer be supported by Scratch or the CS First website. We recommend moving to a supported browser prior to the launch in January.
  • For more information on what's new in Scratch 3.0, check out this video.

If you have questions about CS First + Scratch 3.0, consider posting in the Help Community forum.

Scratch 3.0 Beta is here!

Updated August 2, 2018

Scratch has announced the launch of Scratch 3.0 Beta (beta.scratch.mit.edu) and invites you to try it out! 

This new version works in all modern browsers across a broader range of devices, including tablets. The Beta period will last from Aug, 2018 - Jan, 2019. During this Beta period, the current (2.0) Scratch online editor and community will continue to be available at scratch.mit.edu.

Check out this video and the Scratch 3.0 FAQ to see what's new and to learn more.

What does this mean for CS First users?

No change. CS First users will continue to use the current (2.0) Scratch online editor (scratch.mit.edu) through January, 2019.

After the full release of Scratch 3.0 in January, CS First curriculum will be updated on the website, and students will create their projects using the Scratch 3.0 editor.  More details will be provided this fall.

We welcome and encourage you to check out Scratch 3.0 editor during the Beta period so you are familiar with the new platform and its new features come January.

Please note: While you can create projects in scratch 3.0 Beta and save locally on your device, you will not be able to save projects online. If you create something you'd like to save online (and with the Scratch community), please continue to use the existing Scratch editor at scratch.mit.edu

More details on the migration to Scratch 3.0

Updated the week of June 18, 2018

August 2018 - December 2018

Everyone is invited to try the Beta version of the Scratch 3.0 programming editor (beta.scratch.mit.edu). During this Beta phase, existing CS First content will be available for use with the current (2.0) Scratch online editor and community (scratch.mit.edu).

January, 2019

The Scratch 3.0 editor will be integrated into the online community (scratch.mit.edu), the existing (2.0) online editor will be removed, and an offline version of the Scratch 3.0 programming editor will also be available. CS First content will be updated to reflect Scratch 3.0, and all CS First projects will be created in the Scratch 3.0 editor.

Check out Scratch's blog and FAQ for additional information.

CS First projects migrating to Scratch 3.0

Updated the week of April 23, 2018

As an experienced CS First teacher, you’re familiar with how Scratch, the block-based programming language, is used alongside CS First’s free video tutorials to guide students through basic computer science concepts. Scratch is also a creative learning community that helps young people think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

In August, Scratch will be launching a new generation of the platform, called Scratch 3.0. This new version will include new images, support materials, and programming capabilities — and it can be used on more devices, including tablets. Learn more about Scratch 3.0, and the upcoming launch, on their blog and FAQ. If you’d like to stay updated on the progress of Scratch 3.0 and other news, follow them on Twitter and Facebook

We at Google are excited about Scratch 3.0 and are working closely with the Scratch team. CS First videos and materials will be updated to reflect the new interface, so students can continue to create projects in 3.0. We’ll keep you posted about our progress on these changes in this help center article in the coming months.

Scratch 3.0 Announcement

Updated the week of April 2, 2018

Scratch 3.0 Blog Post

Scratch 3.0 FAQ

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