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Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent's and teacher's guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM.
Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications.
Whether you've been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to:
–Explore geometry by drawing colorful shapes with Turtle graphics
–Write programs to encode and decode messages, play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and calculate how tall someone is in Ping-Pong balls
–Create fun, playable games like War, Yahtzee, and Pong
–Add interactivity, animation, and sound to their apps
Teach Your Kids to Code is the perfect companion to any introductory programming class or after-school meet-up, or simply your educational efforts at home. Spend some fun, productive afternoons at the computer with your kids—you can all learn something!
About the Author
Bryson Payne has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University and is a tenured Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia, where he has taught for over 15 years.???? He previously taught middle-school math and programming and continues to work extensively with K-12 schools to promote technology education.
“A straightforward, crystal-clear guide to programming in Python...Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families.”
“An easy five stars . . . With the information provided in Teach Your Kids to Code, kids (and adults) will have a solid foundation from which to jump to more advanced programming books.”
—James Floyd Kelly, GeekDad
“Kid coders who have mastered the likes of Scratch, or older students who are math inclined and want to learn how to code, will find a worthy choice in Payne’s guide to Python programming.”
—School Library Journal
“The text is clear, the graphics are engaging, and the apps are awesome. This is the programming guide for parents and kids to enjoy together.”
—Aaron Walker, Cybersecurity Expert, NASA
“Every child on the planet should have this book, and so should every parent.”
—James E. Daniel, Jr., Founder, App Studios, LLC
“The kind of book I wish I’d had as a kid.”
—Scott Hand, Software Engineer, CareerBuilder