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Re: [vox] ISO: Good programming language to teach an 8yr old

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I would actually recommend a completely different way: have him buy a Lego 
Mindstorms kit. Learn the vanilla language the comes with the kit and then 
"graduate" to whatever hacked-up software you can find out there.

This has 2 benefits: 1. it's easy for the kid to visualize the results of what 
he's doing and 2. he still learns the fundamentals of programming without 
getting tangled into the PC-first mindset. Since it's quite possible that 
much future programming will be for devices/appliances, this might be a 
better tactic. While I don't believe the hype about the death of the PC, it 
would certainly be valuable to learn from a very early age that 
programming != PC.

Having said that, I know nothing of the capabilities or syntax of the 
programming language used for Mindstorms, but I have read that the hacks that 
were created allow you to do significantly more.

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