A step-by-step program to teach your child programming from the Raspberry Pi Foundation

 You may have heard a lot about programming and how important it is for children to start learning it at an early age, today electronic devices have become a part of our lives, not only a laptop or desktop computer that you may have at home or at your desk at work, but you can control both your phone, microwave and car by computers, and these devices need instructions for what to do, and programming includes writing those instructions.

And if children discover a love of programming, they will have the space to make the things they want to build, such as writing programs and building projects that they find useful, interesting, or interesting.

In a report prepared by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, an organization dedicated to communicating technological and programming knowledge to the public, you will find the answer to a question that may occur to you: how do I give my child the opportunity to learn to program?" Here are some free resources and suggested activities:

If children discover a love of programming, they will have the space to make the things they want (Raspberry Pi)

Scratch Junior

If you have a small child under 7 years old, he can start with "scratch junior", an application that is available on phones and tablets running Android and iOS, and allows children to learn the basics of programming, without having to worry about making mistakes.

Code Club World

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has developed a series of activities for young learners on their journey to develop their computer skills, where the "Code Club World" provides a platform for children to play with the code to design their own avatar, make it dance, and play music, in addition, they can share their creations with other learners.

Scratch

For children aged 7-11, scratch is a good way to start their programming journey, or for further advancement after scratch junior, they are similar in that they are "Cube" - based languages, allowing children to "synthesize" code to produce games, animations, and stories, or even use some additional functions to interact with electronic devices and explore physical computing.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has hundreds of scratch projects for your child to try out, but the best place to start is the "Introduction to scratch" course, which will introduce your little one to the basic skills he needs, then encourage him to build projects that represent him, and reach the peak of his creativity to create his own interactive e-book.

When your child is 12 years old or older, the Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends that they be introduced to the Python programming language (Raspberry Pi)

Your child will never get bored of scratch, and that's very good, it's a fully functional programming language that is surprisingly powerful when you learn to understand everything it can do, and it also has another advantage is that it provides easy access to graphics, sounds, and interaction that can be more difficult to achieve in other programming languages.

Python

If you are looking for more traditional programming languages to enrich your child's experience, especially when he is 12 years old or older, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is advised to direct young learners to the Python programming language (Python) and the languages used to build the World Wide Web, in particular, "HTML", "CSS" and "JavaScript".

The Raspberry Pi Foundation's Python resources cover the basics of using the language, then progress from there, Python is one of the most used languages when it comes to the fields of artificial intelligence and data science, and the foundation has resources to support your child in learning about these wonderful aspects of technology.

The foundation's projects can also introduce your child to the world of electronics and physical computing through activities using a computer "Raspberry Pi Pico" -one of the foundation's versions of inexpensive low - end computers-and a small number of electronic components, allowing your children to create a variety of art installations and useful gadgets.

Programming projects

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a programming lessons website with many different projects to help your child learn programming and digital drafting, these range from beginner materials such as introduction to the scratch track, to more advanced activities such as introduction to the module track, where children can learn how to create three-dimensional worlds and games.

Web page development

The web is an integral part of many aspects of our lives, and it is important for children to understand the technology that drives it, that's why the Raspberry Pi Foundation has an introduction to the web path that allows children to develop their own web pages, focusing on the types of web pages they want to build, whether it's sending a greeting card, telling a story, or creating a presentation of their own projects.

Programming clubs

Programming clubs are a great place for children to have fun and increase their confidence in programming, where they can learn by making and sharing their creations with each other, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation runs the world's largest network of programming clubs "CoderDojo" and"Code Club".

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a website for programming lessons that contains many projects (Raspberry Pi)


Programming competitions

Once your child has learned some of the basics, they may enjoy getting into the programming challenge. The European Astro Pi Challenge program allows young people to write code and actually run it, and The "Coolest Projects" Program also gives children the opportunity to view their projects from all over the world.

Free materials

No matter what technology your child wants to deal with, there are a wealth of free resources and materials available from organizations like the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the scratch foundation that prepare young people for 21st-century life.

Whether they want to become professional software engineers, want to tinker with some electronics, or just play, encourage them to explore some programming projects, and see what they can learn, make and do.


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