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Thomas Iguchi

That's great, so programming is part of the curriculum in elementary schools? I guess they actually do learn that programming is a thing that can be done on a computer.

Experimentation is definitely key, and it used to be more tedious and time consuming in the past, often leading to crashes and even complete system lockups. So next to curiosity for experimentation it was also necessary to muster up some courage to break things 😆

I also learned over the years that having a clear goal in mind is absolutely crucial for overcoming those initial hurdles while learning a new programming language. Did you specify any goals when you taught your students? Or was it more playful and they would come up with their own ideas?

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Adam Davis Author

I taught at an after-school program, so I'm not sure how often it's incorporated into the regular curriculum. Definitely seems to be happening more at magnet schools though. I live in an area that has a large engineering industry, and it seems like there's all sorts of STEM magnet schools popping up.

The program was centered around making games, so usually the goal was to replicate some pre-existing game. But they had a lot of freedom in how to implement it. It was cool to see how some of them would really into the logical aspects (interesting scoring systems, adding settings menus) while others would get the basic version of it working and then spend the entire rest of the time on the design or sound effects

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Adam Davis Author

And on the topic of how software has changed the way people think about computers, this article is pretty interesting:

theverge.com/22684730/students-fil...