Teach Your Kids to Code

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Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent's and teacher's guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM. Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications. Whether you've been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to: Explore geometry by drawing colourful shapes with Turtle graphics Write programs to encode and decode messages, play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and calculate how tall someone is in Ping-Pong balls Create fun, playable games like War, Yahtzee, and Pong Add interactivity, animation, and sound to their apps Teach Your Kids to Code is the perfect companion to any introductory programming class or after-school meet-up, or simply your educational efforts at home. Spend some fun, productive afternoons at the computer with your kids—you can all learn something! Contents | Reviews | Updates

Bryson Payne and Teach Your Kids to Code are featured in The Wall Street Journal! “A straightforward, crystal-clear guide to programming in Python...Sophisticated concepts and serious programming make for an easy, enjoyable game for families.” —Kirkus Reviews “An easy five stars...With the information provided in Teach Your Kids to Code, kids (and adults) will have a solid foundation from which to jump to more advanced programming books.” —James Floyd Kelly, GeekDad “Kid coders who have mastered the likes of Scratch, or older students who are math inclined and want to learn how to code, will find a worthy choice in Payne’s guide to Python programming.” —School Library Journal Listen to Bryson Payne's interview with A Closer Look on WABE, Atlanta's NPR station, and check out why the book was nominated for the opensource.com 2015 summer reading list.

Bryson Payne's Udemy course is now available! Register with coupon code NOSTARCH27 and follow along with lessons from Teach Your Kids to Code. Download Chapter 6: Random Fun and Games! (PDF) Download "Installing Pygame for Python 3 on Mac and Linux" (PDF) Download the code files and solutions to programming challenges Look Inside! Teach Your Kids to CodeTeach Your Kids to CodeTeach Your Kids to CodeTeach Your Kids to Code Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent's and teacher's guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM. Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications. Whether you've been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to: Explore geometry by drawing colourful shapes with Turtle graphics Write programs to encode and decode messages, play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and calculate how tall someone is in Ping-Pong balls Create fun, playable games like War, Yahtzee, and Pong Add interactivity, animation, and sound to their apps Teach Your Kids to Code is the perfect companion to any introductory programming class or after-school meet-up, or simply your educational efforts at home. Spend some fun, productive afternoons at the computer with your kids—you can all learn something! About the Author Bryson Payne has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University and is a tenured Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia, where he has taught for over 15 years.​​​​ He previously taught middle-school math and programming and continues to work extensively with K-12 schools to promote technology education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Coding and Why Is It Good for Your Kids?

Chapter 1: Python Basics: Get to Know Your Environment

Chapter 2: Turtle Graphics: Drawing with Python

Chapter 3: Numbers and Variables: Python Does the Math

Chapter 4: Loops Are Fun (You Can Say That Again)

Chapter 5: Conditions (What If?)

Chapter 6: Random Fun and Games: Go Ahead, Take a Chance!

Chapter 7: Functions: There’s a Name for That

Chapter 8: Timers and Animation: What Would Disney Do?

Chapter 9: User Interaction: Get into the Game

Chapter 10: Game Programming: Coding for Fun

Appendix A: Python Setup for Windows, Mac, and Linux Appendix B: Pygame Setup for Windows, Mac, and Linux Appendix C: Building Your Own Modules Glossary Index