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Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: jardster
Date: April 14, 2021 01:09PM
My 15-year-old daughter is taking a computer class in HS and has really enjoyed it. She talks about wishing that she could learn some coding but doesn't really know where to begin.
I wouldn't have expected it of her... she isn't a tech kind of person, but I think it's great for her to look into and teaches great skills.

Anyone here familiar with any ways to start the process of learning coding, and bonus points if it's geared towards teens still in HS.

Thanks!



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 14, 2021 01:20PM
Find a coding based on her personal interests. My 7 year old nephew started a Python for Minecraft online class and loves it. What are her personal interests / hobbies ? Where does her 'spark' lie ?

My coding started writing games (in the early 70's)... tic tac toe, adventure games like Zork, checkers, and then shifted to flight simulators. I dabbled in chess but it was TOO hard to automate with the technology available to a 12 year old. Wasn't able to get into a graphic capable computer until I was 16/17 at U Mo. Then I was all about biomedical imaging after reading The Terminal Man. So Much FORTRAN....
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 14, 2021 01:23PM
Yes, perhaps Minecraft:


[education.minecraft.net]
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: April 14, 2021 01:36PM
Swift Playgrounds?

[www.apple.com]
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 14, 2021 01:46PM
Khan Academy?



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 14, 2021 02:19PM
Wow--you amazing folks got there first with all my good suggestions!
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: April 14, 2021 02:19PM
Microsoft QuickBasic is outstanding on an SE/30.
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 14, 2021 02:28PM
A very good question. Hopefully someone with recent experience will chime in because the search results I just looked at are flooded with 'free intro' classes but all seems charge for anything more.

Some universities now have free online courses but they might be a little more advanced than a high school student can deal with. Having specific/advanced math can provide an important assist (knowing algebra, floating point, matrices, etc.).

This page has multiple links and is arranged by age (Elementary/Middle/High).
Computer Science Before College
https: //www.computerscience.org/resources/computer-science-before-college/



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 14, 2021 02:28PM
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S. Pupp
Microsoft QuickBasic is outstanding on an SE/30.

He, that is what my Dad used to learn some coding. I don’t think he ever wrote a program more that 50 lines long
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 14, 2021 03:10PM
Ok, now I feel old.

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space-time
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S. Pupp
Microsoft QuickBasic is outstanding on an SE/30.

He, that is what my Dad used to learn some coding. I don’t think he ever wrote a program more that 50 lines long
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: Forrest
Date: April 14, 2021 03:33PM
I still like BASIC. The C64 Mini includes BASIC and 64 games for $38. There are still versions that run on modern computers. Here’s a good article from Hackaday
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: April 14, 2021 03:40PM
It's kind of rudimentary, but Scratch is free and easy to pick up. Teaches the basics that translate to other languages.

[scratch.mit.edu]



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 14, 2021 03:58PM
Check out the Apple Everyone Can Code curriculum. You don't have to be a teacher to use it: [www.apple.com]



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 14, 2021 04:50PM
The two business academy teachers at my school encourage [girlswhocode.com]



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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: Forrest
Date: April 14, 2021 05:13PM
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Re: Coding for a 15 year old
Posted by: jonny
Date: April 15, 2021 01:06AM
A second vote for scratch. It’s simple but surprisingly powerful.
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