14 boys and girls of 3rd and 4th grades discovered that programming is easy during JavaLand4Kids. "For the children it was really a great experience and it was great to see how much fun they had exploring" explained Jörn Diercks, one of the teachers.
In one workshop, girls and boys learned the programming language "Scratch", which has a graphical user interface. This language uses colored blocks that can be dragged & dropped to program sounds, images, movements and more. This allowed young developers to quickly learn the basics of programming and to develop their first games.
In a "QuadroCopter" workshop, children controlled a drone that was programmed specifically for this event. After they learned the basic commands, they were able to complete many maneuvers. The girls and boys also showed great interest in the electronics kit "TinkerForge". The electronic components can be combined with Legos.
“From now on, JavaLand4Kids is going to be an integral part of the JavaLand Conference. So, this is a call to arms for my friends and speakers” commented Markus Eisele, who is the one of the organizers of JavaLand. Visit his blog for more details. Get in touch with Markus if you want to get involved with the next JavaLand4Kids.