For junior workshops, the main programming technology taught is Scratch Programming. It is the most popular programming tool for children, and provides a great start to their education. Both the robot technologies in the workshop – Legu WeDo and PrograMitra’s CodePad – are also programmed using Scratch, making the transition very smooth for students.
The workshop begins with introduction to computer programming, basics of logic, importance of sequence and accuracy of instructions through group activities. Then the Scratch programming language is introduced, and children begin with the basics and proceed to create an animation/game. In the second half of the workshops, students build and program Lego WeDo activities, and experiment with CodePad to make their programs interesting and sensor driven.