Well, another school year, another opportunity to teach elementary school kids how to code. This time, Mady and I made the decision to jump straight to written code. That means no Robot Turtles. No Scratch. Don’t get me wrong, I love visual programming for kids. It is a lot of fun. We just decided that this time we want to experiment to see if we can jump a few steps in the learning process.

Coding Basics

This was the presentation that I gave to the kids on the first day. We went focused most of our attention on the concept of variables (visualized as a box) and functions (visualized as a recipe).

We ended the class with the kids going into the Google Developer Tools console to create add, subtract and multiply functions. Other than a few hiccups with missing spaces or capitalization or using brackets for parenthesis, it went really well and the kids loved it.

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Jeff Whelpley

CTO at GetHuman, Google Developer Expert, AI and Angular Boston meetup organizer

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