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David Kaufman
February 4, 2013 15:11
Re: wxPerl and Raspberry Pi
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Hi Mark, Steve (and other perlish parents):

Thanks for the link to Scratch Mark!  I'm downloading it now...

I think the only way my kids will engage with programming is if they can 
code it, and run on a smartphone or tablet.

My kids think computers with keyboards instead of touch screens are from 
"the olden days".



On 2/4/2013 8:37 AM, Mark Dootson wrote:
> 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.
> Regards
> Mark

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