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DesktopWeb FormText   motivating kids to codeSun, 14 Nov 2004 03:46:16 GMT # 

Scoble is asking about How to excite 10-to-13-year-olds about programming and math/science? i think that is the wrong question. the question should be ... How do you get kids interested about programming before they hit puberty? and as the TopCoder says ... the answer is games. violence is certainly what got me started with computers. then puberty hit ... and sex took over. then you just have to tell the kids dub dub dub dot playboy dot com, and you're done. they will spend every moment they can trying to get past whatever content blocking software you have installed. think of it as a rite of passage, such as the spartans leaving their kids on hillsides to survive on their own and find their way back home. the next stage is money. but as the money goes out of our industry, you can always revert back to sex as a motivating factor. another good question is 'How do you get girls into programming?' ... i have no clue ...