How To Teach Kids Python
What is Python?
Python, a text-based coding language, was created in 1991 to be an easy and intuitive language as an alternative to the more complicated ones at that time. Since then, Python has become one of, if not the most popular programming language in the world. Python can be used to create apps, websites, in fact almost everything!
Why is it so popular?
With many ready-made libraries, it’s versatility in creating whatever a programmer can imagine and it’s easy to follow syntax, Python remains the first choice for many experienced and new programmers.
- Python is open source, meaning anyone can contribute to the development of Python as a language. As a result, programmers can import libraries with ready made code, making their job a lot easier and faster!
- The Python code is written very similar to English logic, making it simply to understand. Unlike other coding languages, Python does not use many punctuation marks, resulting in uncluttered code.
- As mentioned previously, Python can be used to make anything from games, websites to automations. Whatever your child may want to build, Python will be able to do so!
What should my child know before starting?
As a text-based coding language, it’s important for your children to understand certain concepts before setting their creativity free with Python.
- Variables: Containers that store value.
- String: A sequence of characters, better known as text!
- Data: Data includes numbers, strings (text) or Booleans (True or False).
- Input & Output: Input is the data that enters the computer, and output is the data created by the code.
- Class: A class is used to define an objects properties and methods.
- Conditionals: A piece of code that will only run when a specific scenario occurs.
- Loops: A loop repeats a certain code over a sequence or until a condition is met.
- List: A Python structure that keeps data in order.
- Function: A piece of code that performs a specific task.
- Libraries: Code written by another programmer which is free to use!
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