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    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 ?

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    Sounds like a great start.

    When my son was that age, he played a game on my computer. It was an interpreted Basic. I showed him that I could change things (colors, conditions, maps, responses), and then just sat back. He turned in a 3" floppy for a science project one year.
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    Programming is very fun because its relies so much on the persons Determination and Imagination. All programming languages share the same way of functioning. Its always commands. Instead of letting the computer work you, you work it. I would suggest learning the Python language. This is a starter language designed to give you the concept. Once your done and you can make starter programs such as making a simple adding program then with your knowledge (And since you know your Son the best) feed it to him in small batches the way he likes to learn. Khan Academy Has a great starter tutorial on how to create a machine that can do simple math. After look of the tutorials on other sites. Hope this helps

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    Raspberry Pi - I pre-ordered one last night but I think their shop was broken. After I 'submit'ed my credit card details it went to a 'page not found' - dang!
    Still, I will get one. It has a Linux OS and Python with it (I think) - and besides that introducing your kids to Python gives you an excuse to sing the Philosopher's Song and play them Monty Python clips on youtube.
    Schools (in the UK at least) will probably go for the Raspberry Pi and Python in a "big push" to encourage programming skills, in the near future.
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    Aside from classroom scripts like printing my name or calculating the thousanth prime the scripts I write for my own frequent use are scripts that automate borring complicated tasks like sorting, filing, backup or multiple image editing and animation. Sometimes I write and others frequently write scripts that perform repetitive or time consuming tasks in games like changing weapons etc. Usually I just write to send the keyboard shortcut keystrokes in a scripted pattern.

    Ask your kid if there are things he does with his computer that are repetitive, time consuming or annoying. Look them over and show him how to write a script to simplify them. Once he gets the hang of it he'll probably be writing scripts all the time for things no one else can imagine. After all only he knows what he likes and needs to do. That is the basis of computer creativity.

    Mostly I use auto hotkey for several years now and I just started learning Python. Auto hotkey has IMO a more complete help file. It took me damndest amount of trouble to find that indent in Python meant tab and you can't tell that a script with an indent is a tabbed indent or a spacebar stroke indent.
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    If he is creative, then he can develop lots of ideas like that..

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    Sounds like a good thing mate,Having knowledge regarding these things in this era is more like the need and knowing the fact that how a proper stuff can be maintaining is how it goes ahead.
    Understanding the fact of moving ahead is what that works appropriately and that is the reason behind a certain point of view learning.

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    One thing that one of my kids enjoyed quite a bit is Lego Mindstorms. This is a Lego robotics kit. I've seen kids as young as six or seven doing meaningful programs with it. It uses a graphical language that is pretty simple to understand. If you don't mind blowing $200, then it is definitely worth a look.
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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 ?
    You bet! Udemy: Learn To Code by Making Games - The Complete Unity Developer

    Watch the short, three-minute video and see if it's right for your son. My son loves it!
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    Default Re: Introducing computer programming to my son.

    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 ?
    Sounds great Tom...

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