How and Why To Teach Children to Code


Presidents, Prime Ministers, Silicon Valley billionaires, and members of the maker community are calling for children to code but what does that mean? Web sites and non-profit organizations have been created based on the assumption that self-selecting kids will teach themselves. Such an approach leaves too much to chance and assures inequitable opportunity. A presenter with 30+ years of experience will explore the how, what, and why of teaching computer science to children in a developmentally appropriate fashion so they learn a lot more than just how to code. Pedagogical strategies will be shared.

Lil ‘Bot, the Little Robot that Could


Meet Lil'Bot, an open-source, balancing robotics platform for learning, hacking and delight. It is suitable for academics, hobbyists and hackers for endless exploration of balancing robots and control systems.

If you have a child or youngster with an insatiable curiosity to hack and learn how things work, this is the perfect gift. We know your little ones are not wired to sit and learn programming the way you and I did. Turn your bored genius into an inventor and a maker with Lil'Bot. For the younger child, a mystery programming language is in the works and will soon be announced.

Lil'Bot is Arduino compatible and can accept standard shields made by us, by Arduino, or by third parties. As such, it can be programmed in the standard C/C++ Arduino environment. Here are some of the exciting things you can work on with Lil'Bot: Create new robot behaviors, let your robot express over 20 different emotions on its emoShield, develop additional software and hardware features, program from any computer with the Arduino environment (Linux, OS X and Windows), and use the board for non-balancing robot and inertial/motor control applications.


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