Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (Paperback)
Wonderful Python guide for the whole family! Payne does an excellent job appealing to a variety of learning styles with his super-clear instructions that can help even the most luddite of parents! The wide variety of projects are made so easy that this book will kids eager to learn more and ready to handle more advanced programming (it also features math in a nonthreatening, purposeful way that will help even kids intimidated by the subject really click with it!).— From Ann's Picks
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.