Teaching kids how to program

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Teaching kids how to program

  1. 1. Devoxx4Kids: So your Kid is interested in Programming, Robotics, Engineering ? Arun Gupta, @arungupta Director, Developer Advocacy, Red Hat
  2. 2. Scratch § Features - Visual 2D programming - Drag and drop blocks - 6m+ projects published on scratch.mit.edu - Age 5-15 § Teaching concepts - Sequence - Iteration - Conditional logic - Variables - Data structures - Events handling - Parallel execution - Synchronization - Random numbers - Dynamic interaction - User interface design
  3. 3. Scratch
  4. 4. Scratch: Attack of the minions http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/19011275/#fullscreen
  5. 5. Alice § Features - Visual 3D programming - Story telling with code - Targeted at middle school girls - www.aliceprogramming.net - Age 10-15 § Teaching concepts - OO concepts - 3D objects - Create stories - Comes with IDE, no syntax to remember - Java underneath - Camera/world navigation
  6. 6. Greenfoot § Features - Type, compile, run, debug - Interaction with Java classes - Joy of Code: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/mik/ category/joy-of-code/ - Greenroom, Greenfoot Hub - http://greenfoot.org - Age 10-15 § Teaching concepts - All Scratch concepts - Parameters passing - Return values - Recursion - Classes, instances - Methods - Inheritance - Input - 2D gaming and simulation - All Java features available
  7. 7. Greenfoot
  8. 8. BlueJ § Features - Java IDE - Object-orientation - Textbook, teacher support - Extensions - http://bluej.org - Age 12-18 § Teaching concepts - Integrated IDE - Graphical class structure display - Graphical and textual editing - Built-in editor, compiler, debugger - Interactive object creation - Testing
  9. 9. LEGO Mindstorms § Features - LEGO on steroids - Programmable robots - Software and hardware - Pack: NXT or EV3 - Brick - Sensors - Connection cables - USB interface - GUI to create/download programs - Age 8-15 § Teaching concepts - All Scratch concepts - Robots are also computers - Sensor and event handling - Compensation process
  10. 10. Arduino § Features - Single-board micro controller - Designed for hobbyists, students, professionals - Interact using sensors and actuators - Comes with IDE - Write programs using C or C++ - Age 10-15 § Teaching concepts - Ohm’s Law - Breadboard - Basic circuitry - Sensor handling - Connection with other devices - C and C++
  11. 11. Arduino
  12. 12. Minecraft Modding § Features - Break and place blocks in a 3D environment - http://minecraft.net - http://minecraftedu.com - Age 8-15 § Teaching concepts - Java fundamentals - Class, methods, variables - Compiling, running, debugging - Eclipse, NetBeans - Maven
  13. 13. Minecraft Modding Tutorial http://bit.ly/minecraft-tutorial
  14. 14. 120 workshops ~30% girls >2k kids 236 volunteers
  15. 15. You can do it, we can help!
  16. 16. Kids can do it, D4K can help!
  17. 17. Sponsors $$$ Equipment
  18. 18. What can you do ? § Open a local chapter § Host an event § Become an instructor/volunteer § Spread the word § Create a workshop § Sponsorship: $$, swag, hardware, … - Devoxx4Kids USA is NPO and 501(c)(3) - http://www.devoxx4kids.org/usa/donate/
  19. 19. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give Winston Churchil
  20. 20. The best way to predict future is to create it Alan Kay
  21. 21. Resources § devoxx4kids.org § USA: http://www.devoxx4kids.org/usa/ § San Francisco Bay Area: http://www.meetup.com/Devoxx4Kids-BayArea/ § Open a new chapter: http://www.devoxx4kids.org/join-us/ § Parleys channel: http://www.parleys.com/channel/51b6ea81e4b0065193d63047

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