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Programming for Kids

Kids adapt, toys adapt to help kids adapt:

All of Primo’s electronics are concealed inside wooden boxes, so from the child’s point of view they’re playing with blocks, a board and a cute little robot. But as they snap the coloured pieces (instruction blocks) into the board (the physical programming interface) they are building up a set of instructions that the wheeled bot will execute when they push the big red button. So they get to see their program come to life as the bot moves around the room and navigates around household objects.

They’re not going to turn kids into professionals, but between Primo and Play-I, it will mean a generation of kids habituated to thinking like programmers from a very early age.  This should be useful in just about any career, not just programming.  And I can see the toys evolving further to incorporate functional programming and other techniques as they become current.

Of course, I can also see playground fights breaking out over programming style, too.

Posted in SciTech.