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.