What is good system for teaching kids code?

computerlarry used Ask the Experts™
I would like to teach my granddaughter, who is 10, how to code software.

What are the good systems available, that would be enjoyable for kids her age?  I started with Fortran 4, and have since gone on to dBase/FoxPro, php/mysql   -  so I've learned it the old-school way.  

I know that there are all sorts of initiatives and methods today - I would appreciate knowing the best.

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there is a very good article that answers your question
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
I guess a good choice would be Ms Access/VBA as they would start with drag drop for their forms and later on they could add more functionality via VBA
Flora EdwardsMedicine
there is also a paid wbesite that has programming classes with fun for different age categories https://www.tynker.com/courses/
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I guess it is best to start as a game. Harvard university course CS50 starts with creating game in Scratch. While I was searching for Scratch I found this article about more programs that look like games.
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And 10 certainly isn't too young for https://www.codecademy.com/
A 10-yr-old is ten years away from needing to think seriously about "code". See App Maker or Web App Generator and try to imagine the state of "programming" ten years from now. The concept of "code" might be different.

I'm going on 45 years in programming, and when I imagine "code", I suspect that things are very different in my head from what my 34-yr-old daughter thinks. And her kids...? And what each of us will think in ten years...?

What exactly is your objective?
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering Consultant
Top Expert 2016
At that age I would say Scratch, Tynker or Hopscotch (iPad) would be great possible ways to spark an interest in "programming".

If interest increases at later ages another one to consider is the Processing language, it is often used for classroom teaching of programming concepts.


And a few other resources you might want to view (I viewed a couple of these talking with my daughter recently who teaches elementary school):




Thanks for all the good advice!

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