A simple programming language such as Scratch teaches the fundamental elements of programming which could be useful later on in life.
(PRWEB) May 23, 2012
An increasing number of young people are being inspired to become the next Mark Zuckerberg and take their first steps into the world of programming.
Children as young as 6 are creating their own games and animations using ‘Scratch’, a program created by researchers at MIT. A global community of pre-teen programmers are now sharing their games, blogging and competing using Radiowaves - the safe social learning platform for schools. - https://www.radiowaves.co.uk/richardwaves/c/scratch
Inspired by Eric Schmidt’s call for better ICT education, school students have also been blogging about the benefits of earning these programming and design skills at a young age. Luke from The St Lawrence Academy in the UK feels that “a simple programming language such as Scratch teaches the fundamental elements of programming which could be useful later on in life. Once this interest has been sparked there is no telling where it may end. It is well documented that the founders of Microsoft and Facebook had good technical skill and programming ability as well as many other skills.”
Luke and his teen classmate Ryan have created a handy video introduction to Scratch and talk further about how important programming is for young people https://www.radiowaves.co.uk/story/352158/title/ryangerrardlukerobinsonstatetheadvanatagesofusingscratchandlearningprogrammingskills
“This is a great program for older and young children who like to animate and play around, there are lots of interesting features that will encourage them to use this program and become more confident with using different programs within ICT” says Ryan.
To celebrate world Scratch day Radiowaves has launched a competition to find the best young game programmer - you can see entries and find out more at https://www.radiowaves.co.uk/story/389407/title/animationcompetition