[PJUG Javamail] Teaching Children Programming
neil.kenig at oracle.com
Thu Jan 22 22:22:43 UTC 2009
I realize this is late (I just found out about it myself) but February
is National Engineer's Month and the local BEC (Business Engineering
They are looking for volunteers to teach kids about engineering/science
The catch is, you have to belong to one of the member organizations
found at the sign-up page:
If you are eligible and want to volunteer, go ahead and sign up. There
is volunteer training tonight at OMSI:
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 5:00pm-6:30pm*
*OMSI Auditorium in Portland*
Ken Paulsen wrote:
> Yeah, I'd have to echo that. I used to have an big interest in
> writing games. I've written a Tetris clone in Basic, Pascal, C, and
> Java... and even an "Ultima III"-style RPG game in C that helped me
> land a internship with Dynamix in Eugene while I was in HS. Although
> I was never as fortunate as Joe to have been paid to write any of
> those. ;) It's out of my system now... while I wouldn't dislike it, I
> don't have a craving to write games.
> Helping kids learn, though... that is a passion of mine. At one of
> the recent J1's I picked up the Java-powered robot, I've been meaning
> to see if that'd be a good tool to get kids interested in programming
> (but I haven't made the time yet). Has anyone explored robotics at
> their kid's school? If so, what did you use, was it effective? I
> know Lego-robotics is huge (Mindstorm, iirc)... In the past (5 years
> ago?) I've tried to lead a programming class at a local middle school,
> but I didn't have a good curriculum at the time. Although despite
> that one of the students contacted me recently -- he's now a senior
> and plans to go into Computer Science -- he wants to write computer
> games. :P
> Joe Hoffman wrote:
>> I frankly don't have much of that interest. call me wierd, my wife
>> already does.
>> I once wrote a complete Pacman game that worked on a MicroVax
>> workstation. 1986 was the year.
>> All written in Ada.
>> I worked for GTE at the time and was waiting for work, trying to keep
>> myself busy. Those were the days ....
>> On Jan 21, 2009, at 4:35 PM, Richard Johnson wrote:
>>> Okay, quick show of hands ... Who here has wished at least once that
>>> (s)he could seriously work on a game, at least for a little bit,
>>> they retire from the programming gig altogether?
>>> Richard Johnson
>>> If this doesn't cause noise, you're all hopeless :-)
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