In an ever changing and increasingly technical world, it makes sense to start teaching young people how to interact and use computer technology at an early age. It’s a vital skill, one that our youth will undoubtedly need to know – so why not start them out when they’re very young? The makers of Scratch Jr., a computer programming tool for children as young as three, aim to do just that.
The Scratch Jr. program is a child’s edition of a downloadable program called Scratch, a more technical program that is aimed at children 8 – 13 years old. While the program itself won’t venture to teach anything as difficult as C++ or Python, it can allow children to make their own movies, games, and art – thus acclimating them to the skills that are needed at a very impressionable age.
The other tangible benefit of starting an undertaking such as this is the ability to reach people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. In a field that is so heavily dominated by men, programs like Scratch Jr. can instill the notion in women, Latinos, and African-Americans, that this is a passion and a field that they can succeed them. Over time, we just might see a more integrated and diverse technology workforce.
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