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curious12

My best friend's son recently turned 13, and he has stated an interest in wanting to learn programming and microcontrollers, etc.

I can certainly teach him, Arduino, to some extent, but I'm wondering if I should start him off with something like the Micro Bit device. The only thing that worries me about that thing is the "programming" isn't really programming more than it is block command connections and ... basically more visual than thought based programming. In my thinking, learning how to program that way would make it more difficult to transition over to OOP whereas if someone just dives straight in, they will have a better chance at learning how "the real world" codes for microcontrollers.

I'm looking for any thoughts or opinions on the matter. He's a pretty smart kid though I wouldn't say he's in the upper 10% of intelligent kids... but smarter than the average for sure.

Thank you,

Mike

terryking228

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Jan 20, 2021, 05:09 pm Last Edit: Jan 20, 2021, 05:19 pm by terryking228
Hi, I've done a lot of thinking about this...

I think plain Arduino IS a good place to start... 

There is nothing wrong with block programming to start. I like MIXLY because in 1 click you can see the Arduino code, and even copy it into the regular Arduino iDE...   I did that with an 11 year old Grandson and he quickly moved to C and the Arduino IDE.  in 3 months he is writing a lot of code and has built 3 different simple robots. He IS scary smart. And 70 years younger than me :-) 

OK, Details HERE:  https://arduinoinfo.mywikis.net/wiki/YoungMakersYourDuino

This is a new low-cost kit I'm working on.  Take a look at the How-To and let me know what you think...

If you're willing to mentor this kid, email me with your US POstal address and I'll send you my RoboRED (UNO compatible) and enough parts to get started with him....



Regards, Terry King terry@yourduino.com  - Check great prices, devices and Arduino-related boards at http://YourDuino.com
HOW-TO: http://ArduinoInfo.Info

curious12

If you're willing to mentor this kid, email me with your US POstal address and I'll send you my RoboRED (UNO compatible) and enough parts to get started with him....
WOW, Thank you for such a thoughtful response and for your offer, I will send a message to your account here for further discussion.

Mike

econjack

@Terry: Have you pitched this to the STEM people yet? Also, I just finished another intro C book: Beginning C for Microcontrollers. You can see it on Amazon.

sdesworks

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Feb 19, 2021, 06:34 am Last Edit: Feb 19, 2021, 06:36 am by sdesworks
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daisyway

One thing I advised, Don't overburden him. But at the same point this is the age where they can learn things easily. Try to do all these things in your kids pace. So his learning becomes more enjoyable.

markiss

So his learning becomes more enjoyable

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