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Getting Started with the kids.

Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:15 pm

Getting Started with Kids. I want to have some fun with the kids and show the coding using Scratch and build some stuff. What do you suggest I buy and then any good resources besides here? Thanks.


Re: Getting Started with the kids.

Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:10 pm

A lot depends how technical you are :lol:

Do you have a USB keyboard and mouse free, if not I would go for a complete starter kit with an official power supply.

As for Scratch:

1) Look for a code club or Jam in your area
2) Try here https://scratch.mit.edu for some examples
3) Look at the back issues of the MagPi and subscribe https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/ and download https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/scrat ... ials-book/
4) You can always take a more formal course https://www.edx.org/course/programming- ... x-cs002x-1 when it surfaces again :roll:

Also have a look at the offering from https://kano.me goes a bit beyond the Pi board and case but great fun.

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Re: Getting Started with the kids.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:18 pm

I have been teaching my young grandchildren Scratch on an RPi for a few weeks and found the following books useful.

First, the MagPi Essentials book "Learn to Code with Scratch". Elementary, which is what we need. Being about Scratch specifically on the RPi, it introduces the GPIO.

Secondly, "Scratch for Kids" for Dummies. However, it is not machine-specific, so does not cover GPIO.

Lastly, "My first Computer Coding Book" by Usborne. Unfortunately, it focuses on something called Scratch Jr, which I don't think is available for the RPI - but I think is used in schools.

Hope that helps,
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