Sonic Pi

Sonic Pi is an open-source programming environment, designed for creating new sounds with code in a live coding environment; it was developed by Dr. Sam Aaron at the University of Cambridge. He uses the software to perform live with his band. This resource will help get you started with the basics of Sonic Pi so that you can code your own music.

Raspberry PI

Preparing your offspring for a world of automation and software development is not only exercising foresight, it is also helping them get ahead, giving them the chance to build important skills. You want your children to use computers, and to understand their importance.

At its core, the Pi is no different than a conventional computer as it contains a processor, memory, and input units. It is available in a range of different configurations and performance options with the Pi Zero W being the most recent model. However, where the Pi differs from typical computers is in its price, low power usage, and operating system. Having a weak processor and low power consumption capabilities means that the Pi runs on lower processor-intensive operating systems based on Linux. This means that while the Pi can be successfully used by kids to program on Scratch, the device’s ability to run Linux provides it with the capability to be used for many different projects and utilities that are above and beyond Scratch’s functionality. While choosing to buy a Pi for tech-inclined kids is a no-brainer, the big question is helping them decide what to do with it.

What is Raspberry PI

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. … We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.

Edu Block

One of the barriers when transitioning from Scratch to Python is the absence of the drag-and-drop GUI that has made Scratch the go-to application in K-12 schools. EduBlocks’ drag-and-drop version of Python 3 changes that paradigm. It aims to “help teachers to introduce text-based programming languages, like Python, to children at an earlier age.”

The hardware requirements for EduBlocks are quite modest—a Raspberry Pi and an internet connection—and should be available in many classrooms.

you can start creating Python 3 code with EduBlocks’ drag-and-drop interface. Its menus are clearly labeled. You can start with the sample code by clicking the Samples menu button. You can also choose a different color scheme for your programming palette by clicking Theme. With the Save menu, you can save your code as you work, then Download your Python code. Click Run to execute and test your code.

You can see your code by clicking the Blockly button at the far right. It allows you to toggle between the “Blockly” interface and the normal Python code view (as you would see in any other Python editor).

EduBlocks comes with a range of code libraries, including EduPython, Minecraft, Sonic Pi, GPIO Zero, and Sense Hat.

What is Scratch Programming

Today’s technology-driven lifestyle has changed the definition of literacy. Our children grow with electronic gadgets and digital stuff. What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? It means that kids and all of us have to know how to “create” with digital technologies, how to “program” a computer game or animation or any other task. Now it is really hard to bother young children to learn computer programming languages like C or Java. But there comes a kids’ friendly programming language Scratch which has proven to be a great initial learning environment for children of all ages.

SCRATCH As it is defined on the MIT Scratch website, Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. This is an interesting, easy to use and intelligent programming environment that young audiences can interact joyfully. Most kids love to play with blocks and here they get amazing blocks of instructions to make their own games, stories, videos, animations and much more. Students can learn all important and complex programming concepts without many hurdles when they use graphical, instruction blocks to make a sprite (a movable object) move, jump, dance or sing. Their imagination and creativity will take great shape while they enjoy expressing themselves in a whole new dimension.

In 2013, the MIT Media Lab started creating a new version of Scratch, a graphical, block-based programming language used by tens of millions of kids to create and share interactive stories, games and animations. We partnered with the Media Lab on this new version of the language—Scratch 3.0—and the Google Blockly team developed the programming language’s graphical coding blocks.

On January 2, Scratch 3.0 launched with a new look, new sprites (digital characters that perform actions in a project), backdrops (backgrounds), sounds, and extensions—plus, it’s now available on tablets.

Scratch 3.0 is a new version of Scratch that expands how and what students can create with code. We’re excited to see the diverse and creative projects that students will develop with it.

What is Blockly

Blockly is a refinement of Scratch using the same interlocking building blocks metaphor, but it can output code in several different programming languages including JavaScript, Python, PHP, Lua, and Dart. That makes Blockly a visual editor rather than only a kid-friendly programming language.

BlocklyYou see the code along the side of your screen as you link blocks together and can switch programming languages on the fly to see the differences in language syntax for the same basic program. This makes Blockly ideal for teaching code to a wide range of ages, including older kids and adults who may not appreciate the younger-skewed cat and cartoons of Scratch.

Blockly is a client-side library for the programming language JavaScript for creating block-based visual programming languages (VPLs) and editors. … Blockly uses visual blocks that link together to make writing code easier and can generate code in JavaScript, Lua, Dart, Python, or PHP.

Benefits of Block Coding

Kids learn computational thinking – When kids learn to read and write code, they develop cognitive skills and learn a methodical, problem-solving process that resembles a computer. The process involves using abstractions and pattern recognition to represent the problem in new and different ways, logically organizing and analyzing data, breaking the problem down into smaller parts, identifying and creating the steps needed to solve the problem, running the procedures, analyzing the results, and determining if the results yielded an acceptable answer. Computational thinking can be applied to other situations aside from coding, as it is a way of thinking that solves practical problems.

Kids learn to use logic – Logical thinking is required for coding. It consists of formulating a step by step procedures to produce the desired outcome. It involves using expressions, selection, iteration, conditional and other logical statements and sentences.

Kids learn problem-solving – Coding teaches kids to break down complex problems into components. This problem-solving technique is transferable to a lot of other fields. For example, scientists solve problems by forming hypotheses and systematically testing these hypotheses one by one. Car mechanics diagnose car problems by replacing one part at a time to isolate the problem part. In coding, a programmer figures out bugs by generating intelligent hypotheses and tweaking parts of his code one component at a time to test which one solves the problem.

Kids learn how things work, and create things that work – Coding teaches kids how to build, using cause and effect to make things work, and adapt them for his specific purpose.

Kids learn to anticipate and avoid problems – In programming, kids learn how to “handle errors”, that is, anticipate problems that will probably emerge, and writing the correct codes that will prevent the entire program to crash when the error happens.

Kids learn structural thinking – Kids learn how to build small pieces to add up to the solution.

Kids learn algorithmic thinking – Algorithmic thinking is the ability to define clear steps to solve a problem or solving a task. It involves computational concepts like repetition, sequencing, and conditional logic. Kids use algorithms all the time, without even knowing it, especially with math (like solving long division problems) and science. Algorithmic thinking enables kids to break down problems and think of solutions as a step-by-step procedure.

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