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Re: [K12OSN] Kids and programming



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Wright" <paua quicksilver net nz>
To: <k12osn redhat com>
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Kids and programming


> Vern Ceder wrote:
> 
> > We use python in our High School intro classes, as well as offering an 
> > advanced elective in python programming and are very pleased with it.
> >
> > IMHO it combines extreme simplicity at the very beginning level with 
> > the possibility of adding more advanced concepts (up through objects) 
> > incrementally. 
> 
> 
> "Objects" are only 'advanced' when you don't know about objects.  
> 
> Kids who can ;
> 
> 1.) call a new object
> 2.) send it a message to alter its' behaviour
> 3.) listen for messages from their object, and take appropriate action 
> (send it a different message)
> 
> are able to write simple o-o software.  The situation then is, they are 
> ready to create a really complicated Object, and think carefully about 
> what messages it sends, and what messages they send the object in 
> response, to control the objects' outcome.
> 
> Doesn't sound that 'advanced' does it ?  coz it isn't.  Imagine what 
> happens if you gave them a really *impressive* object to send some 
> messages to.. like a 1 metre tall walking robot or something..
> 
> 
> /sw
> 
> 
> 
But Steve, does python work well for this? > 
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