Early Programming for Kids
Early Programming is GUI based software related coding. It enhances the logical thinking and creative ability of child of any age group. Game creation and creating animation adds to skills. That’s not really the point, though. Unlike traditional programming — where it can take days of coding just to get something to move around onscreen — this GUI based programming lets you create animated graphics and sound in a few minutes, just by dragging blocks around. This means that kids can see pretty good results almost instantly, which then pushes them forward to develop their coding skills further.
As your kid plays with programming and starts creating simple programs, they’ll develop a range of coding and problem-solving skills that will help them when they later move onto real-world programming. These include:
- Manipulating variables — chunks of computer memory — to store and retrieve data.
- Using operators to manipulate data. These include arithmetic operators (plus, minus, multiply, divide), as well as comparison operators (less than, equal to, greater than), logic operators (and, or, not), the concatenation operator (for joining strings together), and trigonometry (sine, cosine, tangent and so on).
- Understanding control flow: the way that computers move through each step in a program.
- Altering control flow with conditional statements and loops.
- Creating reusable chunks of code, known as custom blocks. (In programming-speak they’re known as procedures or subroutines.)
- Event handling: writing code that responds to events, such as key presses and mouse clicks.
- Detecting and responding to real-world input, including the mouse position, the loudness of the sounds picked up by the computer’s microphone, and even movement picked up by the webcam!
- Simple multimedia programming, including drawing, animation and sound.