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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Just put Kodu in a lab for our ICT teacher to play with, looks brilliant as a starting point for tricking Year 7s into programming - no typing, really quick results, shiny graphics... the only danger is that everything else looks boring by comparison!

    Had a look at Adventure Game Studio the other day as well, still quite straightforward but looks like an actual IDE so could be a good way to get them used to that whilst still being based around making games (and therefore interesting to them)
    I installed Kodu a few weeks ago, just put a brief note on out Intranet, and left them to it. Some of them are developing their own games now with no input from me or teachers. Great!

    I hadn't heard about Adventure Game Studio. I may do the same with that.

    I'm thinking of doing an informal after-school programming club with things like this. I've just bought my 9-year-old son an old Lego Mindstorms RCX robotics set. After 2 days he's already programming in C. It's amazing what they can do if they're left to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWorked View Post
    I'm thinking of doing an informal after-school programming club with things like this. I've just bought my 9-year-old son an old Lego Mindstorms RCX robotics set. After 2 days he's already programming in C. It's amazing what they can do if they're left to it.
    I suppose it's no different from us playing with Speccy code or Amiga code back in the day... just that we didn't have much else to do on the machines at the time, so now we need to find ways of convincing kids that programming is more fun than another crappy Flash game

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