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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    I started to discuss computer programming with my 7 year old son. He is really serious about becoming a computer game writer. I downloaded the programming language Scratch from MIT:
    Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

    it is pretty cool because there is no typed code. Basically it just has these building blocks of logic and drag and drop cartoon characters or images and you can define event processing with these blocks.

    My son loves it! Any tips about how to get children into coding ?
    I have no children but many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

    The best way for any kid to learn programming is to help them understand what is an algorithm. For example, you can start with a simple sum: 2 + 3 = 5. Jumble up the numbers and operators and have your 10 year old arrange them in the correct order.

    Another example is to write down the instructions for making coffee using a drip machine.

    However, there are many other examples. Once your kiddo is able to arrange these steps in the correct order, then he has learned the most important concept of programming - the algorithm.

    As he masters the competency, you can produce more complicated algorithms or simply have him write out the steps himself.
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