Thursday Apr 02, 2015

JavaLand4Kids Celebrates A Successful Premiere!

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.

Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Devoxx 4 Kids with the NAO Robot

Software Architect Daniel De Luca discusses Devoxx 4 Kids, a program to introduce children to software programming. "We want to teach children to be creative with computers and build games in an easy way instead of just using technology" explained Daniel De Luca. "The NAO robot is another computer with multiple sensors on their feet and hands, a sonar, and more." The events are currently planned in over 10 countries. The training resources are freely available on Devoxx4Kids. Daniel with other event organizers presented the Devoxx 4 Kids best practices session with tips and tricks to organize such events.

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