My first exposure to computers - ever - was learning to program in Logo on a Commodore 64 in 5th grade. That would have been in 1984! Imagine my delight when I learned that Motherboard Books was still enabling 5th graders to learn to program computers (albeit not Commodore 64s) in this fun language with Logo Adventures!
Logo Adventures is a year long programming course for kids under 12. Since it is self-guided, uses very simple language and no variables, and is quite easy to understand, I would think that kids as young as 9 (my son's age) could do it by themselves and kids even younger could do the course with the aid of a parent. Of course, really computer savvy kids could probably do it by themselves as soon as they could read! The program comes as a spiral bound instruction book, consisting of the following (taken directly from the website):
- Simple lines and squares
- Stop signs and E's
- Tessellations: figures that fit together like floor tiles
- Drawings and collages too.
- A silly story about a giant scared by a small person
- A simple board game, "Yellow Brick Road"
- A crowded park scene
- A bouncing ball that draws a clown face
- An animated birthday card, full of shooting stars