I see that this site seems to be very supportive of CHERP as a children's programming language to use with LEGO WeDo sets. Does anyone have any thoughts about Scratch from MIT or know where I might find a comparison of the two?
This is a great question!
The biggest difference between CHERP and Scratch is the target age range each software is designed for. Scratch is primarily designed for 8-16 year olds, although it can (and has!) been used with children and adults of all ages. CHERP is designed for 4-7 year olds. CHERP offers simplicity and ease of use where Scratch offers a more complicated interface but countless opportunities for creativity and control. Because this site is focused mainly on younger children, the focus has been on CHERP over Scratch. For more info on Scratch visit: http://scratch.mit.edu . To find out about using Scratch with Wedo robotics visit: http://info.scratch.mit.edu/WeDo
There no question that Scratch is amazing! So amazing, in fact, that researchers are currently developing "ScratchJr" which will be targeted to younger kids. Find out more about ScratchJr here: http://ase.tufts.edu/DevTech/ScratchJr/
Thanks for the information. I am disappointed that Scratch 2 does not currently support the WeDo commands that were found in version 1.4 but hopefully they are coming soon.