6-year olds can code

Kids can code, debug and use agile methods. The use of Scratch in the classroom to teach both the students and instructors.
Genevieve Smith-Nunes

3 x 6 weeks of 1 hour lessons. The first class teacher would then develop the work further to allow the project to progress. We started with the "what is an animation?" using cartoons to give the students an idea. Each lesson I showed the Scratch environment and the initial reaction was one of fear but lesson 2 we talked about robots and how you give them instructions. Also in regards to plays and the stage directions and scripts. As a class they instructed me on what to add or modify. We tested as we went along and they were able to "debug",with a few hints. The joy and delight of achieving their first bit of programming was infectious


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