Coding for Kids – our codeweek participation

The last two days, Lars and me have been on a special mission. Powered by codeweek.eu and our internal hybris/SAP CSR program, we educated about 10 kids at a school south of Munich about the basics of programming. We chose the open source and kid-friendly Kano OS for this and it was really an excellent choice.

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Our workshop began by us explaining the Raspberry PI and how to put it together. The kids worked in teams of two and put it all together by themselves. Most of them already knew what the different ports are used for, and really needed little help.
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We worked completely offline the first day, which was a good choice in retrospective. There are ways to play together on Kano OS, which is nice, but it can also be a source of distraction. So we got them started with exploring the command line (Game: Snake) and visual programming via the Game Pong on Day one. A few kids also explored the Make Art program which let’s them code a picture – it’s a more creative way to start coding.

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At the end of day two, some kids had started to code. You can see a simple minecraft script above. We discussed when coding is preferable to crafting and when it’s the other way around.

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To chill the classroom down at the end of a group minecraft session on day two, the teacher put this Raspberry PI in the middle and everybody had to visualize being in the Raspberry PI. After breathing deeply for a couple of times we all were super relaxed again. We then started to collect feedback – on Lars’ back , because that’s more fun!

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Many thx to all involved – the school, the teachers, SAP/hybris for letting Lars and me do this! I am sure that we’re gonna have some Raspberry PIs under the Christmas tree this year.

4 thoughts on “Coding for Kids – our codeweek participation

  1. Minh Tri Nguyen says:

    Hi Lars,

    habt Ihr Lust mit der Gruppe CodoDojo Munich beim nächsten Event für Kids in München zusammenarbeiten?
    Ich habe früh als Mentor den Kindern mitbetreut, kann daher die Verbindung herstellen und in der Organisation mitwirken.

    Viele Grüße
    Minh Tri Nguyen

    • Sven Haiges says:

      Hi Minh, we’ve had quite a few kids-focused events this year already, so we’re not interested for the moment. But you should contact Andreas Kopp privately as he is constantly doing Raspberry PI workshops at the fablab. Let me know if you need to be introduced, but I think you know him.

  2. Keith says:

    Hi Sven, I have a 9 year old son who is interested in coding and I have been trying to find out if there are any private coding clubs or lessons he can attend as the schools in Munich (or Germany as a whole) don’t seem to offer anything like this. Do you have any plans for 2016?

    Regards

    Keith

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