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New preschool lesson teaches programming theories

from UPI

A new activity designed for preschoolers allows participants to program a robot named Dragonbot to respond to series of stimuli. What appears to be little more than having little ones put stickers on a piece of paper turns out to be world's first computer programming class for preschoolers. Designed by researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory, the activity works as follows: children, ages 4 to 8, build templates using square, triangle and arrow stickers. They then fill in these templates with symbols for stimuli (thumbs up or thumbs down) and responses (facial expressions). more


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