Sandy L asks:
How to teach a kid to code when you don’t know how? (And I don’t live in a big city and I also don’t want to spend $1000 on coding camp. There has got to be a better way.)
We don’t know the answer to this question. Here’s what we had tried on this subject back in 2015. DC2 did really enjoy the Python for Kids book and enjoyed modifying the programs in the book, but hasn’t really come up with any programs of hir own. We did not try Teach your kids to code.
Last summer DC1 did a week long video game design daycamp. That used a program called Unity. Zie fiddled around on it for about a month after the camp and then accidentally deleted or broke hir game in a way that locked it and lost interest. Next year there’s a middle-school class that *might* teach programming but it also might not. If it’s taught by the same teacher as the gifted-only version of the class we’re definitely not interested [update: because DC1 is gifted, zie is only allowed to take the gifted-only version]. But there will be programming classes once zie gets to high school which is pretty exciting. (We don’t live in a big city either, but having the university here adds a lot.)
I dunno, does your local community college offer an intro programming class? If so, it will probably be in Java or Python.
Any better suggestions for Sandy L?