Computer Science for Kids

Recently I read an article comparing computer education in the U.S. and Vietnam.  Long story short, we are way behind.  While at one point it was enough to teach children computer literacy (i.e. using the internet, saving files, creating folders, etc.) and typing skills, in this day and age computers and computing are our future.  In order to inspire and support our kids to become creators and innovators, it is important that we expose them to the powers of computer science.  Who knows, using the tools below you might just turn your little one into the next 17-year-old-app-creating millionaire ...

 
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With Hakitzu: Code of the Warrior players must code to survive.  With the free app, kids can build their ultimate robot warriors and fight their friends in battle arenas.  The kicker ... the robots are controlled by JavaScript code, not plain old up, down, and over keys.  No previous knowledge of programming is necessary and the in-game keyboard is customized with commonly used keys.  Then there is Scratch, a great free website that teaches kids about programming using highly-visual language; with it they can create and share animations, games, stories, music, art, and so much more  ...

There is also Codeacademy of course, which I have written about before.  And last, but not least, check out Code.org, a non-profit  dedicated to bringing coding education to all.  They have an amazing database of just about every programming school out there - from brick and mortar to online, robotics to Ruby - for children ages 4+.  With so many incredible resources, and such a massive potential benefit, it's time to get your child interested in computer science today!