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Programming For a 7 Year Old

By dstephen ·
I am not a software programmer, but I would like my young children to start learning the basics of progamming and logic. In the early days of Commodore 64, the BASIC language was so simple. The first time a child typed
10 Print "Dog"
20 Goto 10
was a thrill.
Nowadays it seems the languages (or the development environments for those languages) are so complicated. Is there a programming language/environment specifically designed to teach children?

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KPL

by Bizzo In reply to Programming For a 7 Year ...
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Perfect!

by dstephen In reply to KPL

Thanks for the links. These look great.

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Check out

by Steffi28 In reply to Programming For a 7 Year ...

The post in discussions, "computer for a 9 yr old" theres some pretty good ideas in there as he is also looking to learn his son to programme, one that I know about is
http://www.alice.org/

Good Luck and hope you find what you want :)

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BASIC link

by ozi Eagle In reply to Programming For a 7 Year ...

Hi,

Check out this link for a selection of BASIC programs.

http://www.freeware-guide.com/dir/softdev/basic.html

P.S. I have used GWBASIC and a compiler to write a program that can be exectuted at anytime to create a backup of defined files or folders, complete with time date stamp.
Works great, even under XP.

Herb

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Lego Mindstorms Programming

by don.jessee In reply to Programming For a 7 Year ...

Lego Mindstorms is a typical Lego kit except that it is for building robots. The programming language is simple but it allows the student to build a robot and then to program the robot to do almost anything. In addition, to the Lego kit, a computer is required.

At the schools where I work, for the past seven years, the students in each grade built some very amazing robots. Each class is 30 hours in duration spread over a month. The robots built and programmed during this time do a wide variety of activities.

The Lego kits combine building using the common Lego parts, plus a brain called the RCX brick, motors, and sensors for touch, light, rotation, heat, and others, and a simple icon based programming language. The programming language allows the child to write a program, download it to the robot, and see the results of the program.

This is a very cool way to learn programming.

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Is there a programming language for children

by don.jessee In reply to Programming For a 7 Year ...

The program called Scratch is made for children. You can get it on Sourceforge.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Is there a programming la ...

Yep that true

But don't you think that providing the advice 5 years after the question was asked that it's very likely to no longer be required?

Col

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by gcrook In reply to Is there a programming la ...

There are always new kids coming along - and this is a great thread to refresh.

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by davidh In reply to Is there a programming la ...

May I suggest visiting http://scratch.mit.edu where you can download the program directly from the publisher (MIT), view the gallery of projects created by others, and get materials to help beginners of all ages get started. BTW, an Ivy League university uses Scratch in their beginning programming class - this is a powerful tool. Don't let it's good looks fool you.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Is there a programming la ...

Col, who the heck even looks at the dates when it shows up near the top of the list? Inly you and Palmy and maybe one or two others.

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