Kids Can Program Computers Too! Check Out Some Cool Kids Tools..


 
 
 
 
 
Here are links to some free programming environments & tools geared towards elementary & middle school kids.  I  introduced them in the order listed:
 
 
 
 
 

Elementary School Age (4th & 5th graders) & Early Middle School (6th grade):

  • Scratch: My 3rd grade daughter plays with Scratch,  so younger kids can do it.  It just depends on the kid.   My experience at a local elementary school was that 5th graders seem to pick it up easier than 4th graders, but the 4th graders got it with a little more help.   For the best way to learn Scratch using free web resources, see my Scratch Tutorial.

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)

Once your child has a good grasp on programming with these tools, you could introduce them to Arduino which is, basically, a programmable microprocessor/circuit board.    It’s not free ($85), but it is way COOL!  My geek momness is coming out….  We purchased Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit — Includes 72 page Instruction Book for my 11 year old son.  Ben had a lot of fun building and coding the blinking LED.   Coming soon…  an Arduino tutorial on the best way of learning to use and program the Arduino utilizing free web resources.

GO EXPLORING!!

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