Yesterday at Wintriss Technical School 14 kids aged 10-17 joined us for a 2 hour session. During these 2 hours we introduced the kids to programming using the exact same recipes we developed for Small Basic.
This time we used a different language (which will remain nameless) and a different IDE (also nameless). We were delighted to discover that the recipes and techniques worked in different languages!
We re-validated many of the methods we’ve used previously, such as code first, pair programming, intentional coding, recipe translation, recipe variations, iterations, and constant visual feedback.
Variation of Square (can you see how this shape comes from the same steps as the simple square with different parameter values?)
We also learned some new things in this session. Logistics are extremely important, respect the kid’s energy more than the clock, don’t start a project you can’t finish. I know you are thinking these are obvious things, but remember we are new teachers.
Our next session will be Saturday, January 23rd from 10am – 4pm. It will be a day-long session, where we are aiming to teach a lot more. It will be held at QuickStart in Irvine, California to attend send me an email via this blog with your child’s name and age. Teachers are also welcome to participate.
For more information please see my previous blog posts (all tagged with ‘helping’).