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ERIC Number: EJ815583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8406
How Young Children Learn to Program with Sensor, Action, and Logic Blocks
Wyeth, Peta
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v17 n4 p517-550 Oct 2008
Electronic Blocks are a new programming environment designed specifically for children aged between 3 and 8 years. These physical, stackable blocks include sensor blocks, action blocks, and logic blocks. By connecting these blocks, children can program a wide variety of structures that interact with one another and the environment. Electronic Blocks provide young children with opportunities to program and observe dynamic behavior without having to acquire complex symbolic notation systems. Young children are able to build and debug program structures by using Electronic Blocks because the syntactic and semantic problems that confront users of conventional programming languages have been reduced. (Contains 4 tables, 11 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia