As part of this development track kids will work on challenges that introduces them to some of the advanced concepts while programming using Python.
This learning track is based on a set of youtube videos by Chris Bradfield. Here’s what Chris Bradfield has got to say, “Learning to Code with Python is a video series intended for kids ages 11-14 (or grades 5-8). Younger kids are welcome to give it a try, but be aware there will be a lot of typing! We’re adding more, so subscribe to get all the updates. These videos are based on lessons developed by Chris Bradfield at KidsCanCode and have already been taught to hundreds of students in after school programs and workshops in Southern California.”
Some of the benefits of learning Python –
For aspiring Data Scientists, Python is probably the most important language to learn because of its rich ecosystem. Python’s major advantage is its breadth.
For example, R can run Machine Learning algorithms on a pre-processed dataset, but Python is much better at processing the data in an efficient manner.
What is Turtle : Turtle graphics is a popular way for introducing programming to kids. It was part of the original Logo programming language developed by Wally Feurzeig, Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon in 1967. Turtle is a Python library that comes preinstalled, enables users to create pictures and shapes by providing them with a virtual canvas. The onscreen pen that you use for drawing is called the turtle and this is what gives the library its name. The Python turtle library is designed to help new comers to Python to get a feel for what programming with the language is like about. Python turtle is meant to provide an introductory experience to Python that’s fun and interactive.
Over the years turtle has mainly been used to introduce children to the world of computers. It offers a straightforward yet versatile way to explain the concepts of Python. This makes it a great avenue for kids to take their first steps in Python programming. That being said, the Python turtle library is not restricted to little ones alone! It’s also proved extremely useful for adults who are trying their hands at Python, which makes it great for Python beginners.
What is Python –
Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together. Python’s simple, easy to learn syntax emphasizes readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance. Python supports modules and packages, which encourages program modularity and code reuse. The Python interpreter and the extensive standard library are available in source or binary form without charge for all major platforms, and can be freely distributed.
Read more at – www.python.org