Teaching Python to the young and impressionable

Georgina Wilcox (Sydney University), Miss Katie M Bell (Google Australia)
30min ◊ Beginner
Sunday 11:00am, Ionic
categories: education, university

We present two outreach programmes run by Sydney University for high school students: the National Computer Science School (http://www.ncss.edu.au) and the Girls’ Programming Network (http://sydney.edu.au/it/gpn). For the past four years we have been teaching Python to students in grades 9-12, and based on this experience we will discuss why Python is a good first language and the parts of it which are still difficult for students to grasp. We will also cover the structure of the programmes and tools used, in particular the online marking system for Python programming tasks.

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