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Mark Dootson
February 4, 2013 13:37
Re: wxPerl and Raspberry Pi
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Hi Steve,

On 02/02/2013 15:19, wrote:

> I've been trying to build a laboratory here for my children, but it seems so
> far, that I am the only one interested in it :(
> Maybe some robotics would actually compete with TV cartoons for attention on
> a Saturday morning.

The same motivation for me with my 12 year old. He enjoyed the initial 
soldering of parts and discussing building simple circuits as it tied in 
with his school work - as I had forgotten most of the required basic 
knowledge I think he really enjoyed being able to 'teach' me a few basics.

However, it is a huge leap to go from no programming knowledge at all to 
designing something to control robotics. His interest waned when we got 
down to programming basics. Probably because I'm not a skilled teacher.

I think the way to go is to use 'Scratch' ( )
which comes installed with the Raspbian OS. Designed with kids in mind

'Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create 
interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those 
creations online.'

As far as I can tell, the children who really engage with this stuff are 
initially attracted by the ease of access provided by 'Scratch'

Python, Perl et al followed by world domination can come later.



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