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Coding for Kids..
show user profile  ScotlandDave
This is something they've started doing as an extra curricular club at our kids school, and it's pretty good. It's a Coding Club that uses online resources to teach kids about the basics of coding and some of the logic involved etc, all done in quite a fun and accessible way.

Here's the material they are using, if you have younger kids i would definitely recommend the Scratch tutorials on the CodeClub link, they are a great introduction. After doing the Lost in Space tutorial, we messed around a bit in the Scratch editor and had a couple of basic two-player games running, just by setting up key events and using the message dispatch nodes. Great fun and a superb intro for any children:

CodeClub website:
https://codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/

The MIT Scratch Editor:
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/#editor

The Scratch thing is quite similar in some ways to Project Spark and how that works if you've used that. Anyway, enjoy!


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1/29/2016 11:08:00 AM (last edit: 1/29/2016 11:08:23 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Awesome! My SO's nephew pretty much subsists off minecraft and youtube videos and really wants to make video games one day. And myself, being an impatient perfectionist, had no idea how to start him off without smacking him for not declaring his variables. Will send this on!
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1/29/2016 11:45:53 AM (last edit: 1/29/2016 11:45:53 AM)
show user profile  ccampbell
Very cool! Thanks for sharing. My daughters a bit young still but I'll def keep this in my back pocket.




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1/30/2016 5:25:58 PM (last edit: 1/30/2016 5:25:58 PM)
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