[IAEP] Programmers in 30 minutes or less

Alan Kay alan.nemo at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 6 06:27:12 EDT 2011

Get them to write a few programs in Etoys, Scratch or TurtleArt -- beginners can 
accomplish important things and get important insights in about half an hour in 
these environments.

There is an element of "how do you want to learn to kiss?" here ...



From: Nicholas Doiron <ndoiron at andrew.cmu.edu>
To: iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org
Sent: Tue, July 5, 2011 11:40:09 PM
Subject: [IAEP] Programmers in 30 minutes or less

This link was circulating over the weekend: how do you explain computer
programming to a 15 year old in 30 minutes or less?


What I like most about these answers is that they should work even when
time is short and kids already use computers at home. There are some quick
exercises and thought experiments to help understand code in a way that
everyday computer use shields us from.

Nick Doiron

IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)
IAEP at lists.sugarlabs.org
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