Getting Started with the Computer Project
Information for the 4-H minis who are interested in computers!
The following is a list of resources available to parents and teachers who find themselves with younger 4-H members interested in computers but aren’t sure where to start.
The code.org website is a valuable resource with online coding opportunities for all age levels.
- Curriculum and Activities for All Ages/Levels
- Pre-Reader Express - Teaches “point-and-click” programming using blocks with familiar cartoon characters.
- CS Fundamentals - Four different code courses covering various STEM disciplines while teaching block-based programming.
In December, you may hear about Hour of Code. This event is another fantastic opportunity for youth to get a head start in more profoundly understanding computers. If your school does not have such a program, consider volunteering and teaching a class!
For Older Members (13+)
- App Lab - App Lab is an online development environment that simulates mobile app development.
- Game Lab - Game Lab is an online environment for creating games and animations.
Scratch is an online block-based programming language developed and hosted by MIT. Beyond being a development platform, it is also a “social” experience where kids share programs and games.
In fall 2020, 4-H members across the state of Indiana particpated in “Coding Comrades,” a program used to have kids teach their parents a little about coding. We used Scratch and developed many games. Below is a link to the collection of games developed by the group: