When and What to program? - Introducing children to computer programming
June 29, 2010 9:05 AM Subscribe
When do you find is a good age to introduce children to computer programming? I have a nine year old and I am wondering if this is too early an age to introduce him to computer programming.
posted by mountainfrog to computers & internet (22 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
First some background. My son is homeschooled and seems to show a proclivity for math. He enjoys problem solving and word problems specifically. He also enjoys building things with legos. He does play some video games but we tend to limit his exposure, both on what games he plays and how much he plays it. Games he likes are Portal, Civilization, and SimCity.
What age is a good age for kids to be introduced to programming? Assuming nine years old is not too young what languages would people recommend? Are there any specific "toolkits" or products that are well suited to this? We use Microsoft Windows on the children's system so I am specifically looking for something that will run in that environment.
Thank you in advance!