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How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?by domm (Chaplain)
|on Apr 25, 2005 at 19:23 UTC||Need Help??|
Update: Thanks for the incredible helpful feedback! I'll definitly report back after the event. perlmonks++
Another Update after the event:
So, the teachers of my son coaxed me into participating at the 'jobs day' where people present their jobs. As you might have guessed, mine is software developer.
Now I'm looking for ideas on how to introduce 8 year old kids (who don't/barely speak english) to programming. I've got 20 minutes and about 4 kids per shift (from 8:00 until 12:00, I must've been crazy to say yes...)
Here's what I'm currently planning:
To show them some actual programming, I thought I'll give them some task they encounter daily (like 'cashier at the supermarket') at let them break it down into 'statements', eg:
Another idea is to show them some actual, simple code (eg a calculator) and alter it a bit
So, has anybody else an nice ideas or some experiences with little kids and programming?