Teaching python (programming) to children

Paul Rubin phr-n2001d at nightsong.com
Mon Nov 5 18:48:51 CET 2001


Guido Stepken <stepken at little-idiot.de> writes:
> > The best-known attempts to teach children programming have been with
> > the Logo language.  See the book Mindstorms, by Seymour Papert.  He
> > has another book out called "The Children's Machine: Rethinking School
> > in the Age of the Computer", but I haven't seen it yet.
> 
> I have had great success in making children (12-15) having fun programming 
> python .... before the were only interested in playing gameboy...with 
> pygame, SLT they are now trying to programm a simple game for windows ....
> For Mindstroms there is a python module in work.....

Yes, Python is probably a good choice at ages 12-15.  By "children" I
thought of the kids aged maybe 6-8.  Python wouldn't make any sense
at that age, but Logo apparently worked ok.




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