Showing Kids the Source

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B304


When kids get hands on experience with the source code of a program, they get excited!


I have been running a programming club with my kids and their friends for a couple of years. I would like to share what strategies I have learned, and show just how easy it is to get kids excited about programming. I have primarily been using Scratch as a tool and will be demoing some sample Scratch programs in the presentation.

Speaking experience


  • Me


    I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2001 with a Comp Sci degree. I was hired on to develop a webstore for Edge Marketing (dba SOLE) in 2001 and went on to open source all of their internal systems. I am currently their CHO (chief hacking officer).

    I love all things that are self-propelled and have 2 wheels, I enjoy capturing light bouncing off of things, I make and drink a lot of espresso, and I am thoroughly enjoying life with my wife and 3 boys.