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Re^3: How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

by poqui (Deacon)
on May 10, 2005 at 15:54 UTC ( #455625=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?
in thread How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

I love LEGO::RCX. The original programming environment is very object-like, you stick pre programmed modules together in a graphical interface thats simple and fun to use.

However, there are a couple of things missing: Variables, and flexibility.

But once your child gets to the point of wanting those things, there are other programming languages available for the RCX.
NQC (Not Quite C) is a great next step, and gets the programmer into using variables and counters. There are a couple of good books on the Mindstorms robots, and programming them in RCX, NQC and other languages.

Plus the Legos are still fun to play with. :-)

I just realized that this was my 100th writeup. Thanks perlmonks for being here! :-)
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