This is an introduction to text-based computer programming or coding. Participants will learn programming in a fun variation of BASIC language. BASIC (an acronym for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages designed for ease of use. Versions of BASIC became widespread on microcomputers in the mid-1970s and 1980s. Today, many computer languages including Microsoft’s Visual Basic are derived from BASIC.
Our budding coders will begin their journey like any computer programmer with their first “Hello, World”. The coders will then learn about using variables and functions to automate repetitive tasks. They will create shapes and movement using loops and conditionals. Challenges are plenty, can the participants move their robots using keyboard and mouse keys?