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Programming courses for 11-15 olds with the RPi


Hello parents from kids and teens around Winterthur

I am a teacher at public schools with connections to ETH and I am startingprogramming courses for kids and teens with the Raspberry Pi in Winterthur.
This Saturday afternoon 2014-08-23 there will be an opening event (free!).

Interested? Feel free to contact me and I will send you more informations
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Re: Programming courses for 11-15 olds with the RPi

I would love love love more information for my son. Do I need to PM you or can you send me the info? Basically, when and where on Sat so we can check it out.

And if he has friends that are interested can he bring them too?

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Re: Programming courses for 11-15 olds with the RPi

Isn't 11-13 a bit young to start programming and hammering at a keyboard for hours on end, unless you want them to have a nasty bout of RSI (carbpal or tendonitis) my the time they are in their mid to late teens?
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Isn't 11-13 a bit young to start programming and hammering at a keyboard for hours on end, unless you want them to have a nasty bout of RSI (carbpal or tendonitis) my the time they are in their mid to late teens?
Nah, I was messing around with Z80 assembler when I was 13.
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I would love love love more information for my son. Do I need to PM you or can you send me the info? Basically, when and where on Sat so we can check it out.

And if he has friends that are interested can he bring them too?

Thanks!

The info-event with some fun programming will be on coming Sat (23 th)
at 4 pm to 5 pm in Oberwinterthur.

Yes, please PM me, then I will send you detailed info.

Friends of course are welcome. For planning I should know
- how many (10, 100, ...)
- how old they are
- how many girls/boys
for adapting my program to the youngsters.
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Nah, I was messing around with Z80 assembler when I was 13.
I was using a keypunch machine when I was 8.

The sorter, too.

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Re: Programming courses for 11-15 olds with the RPi

Great. I'll talk to my son tonight and will PM you then to let you know.
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A great idea! May I PM you for further information?
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Isn't 11-13 a bit young to start programming and hammering at a keyboard for hours on end, unless you want them to have a nasty bout of RSI (carbpal or tendonitis) my the time they are in their mid to late teens?
They're programming, not playing games

If they're using Scratch or something like that then it's not keyboard intensive anyway.
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They're programming, not playing games

If they're using Scratch or something like that then it's not keyboard intensive anyway.
Yes Tom dearest, programming, one of the common causes of RSI in the IT industry. Google it if you're unsure.

Anyway no worries, I just thought it was a young age to start all that, having first-hand experience of the problems it can cause.

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Yes Tom dearest, programming, one of the common causes of RSI in the IT industry. Google it if you're unsure.

Anyway no worries, I just thought it was a young age to start all that, having first-hand experience. People can of course do whatever they like with their own kids.
In all honesty I think the biggest RSI threat to youngsters these days comes from the xBox/Playstation controllers. I doubt that a bit of programming is likely to significantly increase the risk.
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In all honesty I think the biggest RSI threat to youngsters these days comes from the xBox/Playstation controllers. I doubt that a bit of programming is likely to significantly increase the risk.
Controllers are significantly more ergonomic than an average keyboard and mouse, and are much more comfortable for extended use. That is common knowledge and supporting information is available on the internet. As an ex-RSI sufferer I can also confirm this without reservation.

Anyway I didn't intend to start an argument (I know the topic pretty intimately anyway), people are free to do whatever they choose with their own sproglings.
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They're programming, not playing games

If they're using Scratch or something like that then it's not keyboard intensive anyway.
Exactly .... at least nearly:
They are learning to program in Scratch their own games - and then playing them. After a solid Scratch knowledge we could go on with Python - till then their finger-musculature (and more!) will be trained enough for that.
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A great idea! May I PM you for further information?
Yes of course, you are welcome.
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Exactly .... at least nearly:
They are learning to program in Scratch their own games - and then playing them. After a solid Scratch knowledge we could go on with Python - till then their finger-musculature (and more!) will be trained enough for that.
I thought you might say that.

So you needn't worry to much Richdog, it's more drag-and-drop than thousands of lines of code.
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Re: Programming courses for 11-15 olds with the RPi

We went to the info session and we were very pleased. We signed my son up and he's very excited for the classes!
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SCRATCH programming lessons for 11-15 olds this AUTUMN HOLIDAYS 2014!

Hello parents from kids and teens around Winterthur

I am a teacher at a public 2nd school with connections to ETH and I am running SCRATCH programming lessons for kids and teens with the Raspberry Pi in Winterthur. Python will follow.

Our first run is a full success, my students really enjoy it, and they don't want to stop after the lessons are over.

Here is the next run:
During the coming autumn holiday 2014 I offer a new programming class from Monday 6th October until Friday 10th October - each day from 16:00 to 17:15 h in Winterthur.

For further information please send me a PM.

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OPEN EVENT Programming for Kids and Teens WINTERTHUR

OPEN EVENT Programming for Kids and Teens WINTERTHUR

Saturday 22nd November at 4 pm the Teens will be showing their
SCRATCH programming results.

New classes will start, also a special class for girls only.
Flexible time schedule.
Interested? Please pm me (website is in the process of development).
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Re: OPEN EVENT Programming for Kids and Teens WINTERTHUR

I would encourage anyone with teens to come to the open house!

My son has been doing these classes for several months now and he loves them!! Sabine is a great teacher - she teaches in both English and German so my son is learning computer programming skills AND improving his German at the same time! There are also other Swiss students that he is getting to meet. The classes are also small in size which is better for learning.

We have been very happy so far and I can't wait to see what my son has created on the 22nd!
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Winterthur: learning programming for teens

Hello

I am running new computer classes from May on for 11-15 year olds:
Learning to program in SCRATCH and Python (with Minecraft Pi) AND
!!!Special for girls!!! : NEW: programming and seewing with LEDs.

And please have a look into the flyer on my new website:
http://kids-teens-programming.education/

For any questions:
teacher@kids-teens-programming.education

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