Programming

Keep Going | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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The PBS KIDS ScratchJr app can be integrated into a multitude of learning contexts. How will you use the app?

Computers and Programming | Ready Jet Go!

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Computers played a big part in space exploration. In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, Dr. Rafferty explains how giant computers were used to guide astronauts to the moon in 1969. She then explains the concept of computer programming in the form of a catchy song. Remember, it's all about the zeroes and ones!

Instructions & Programs: Crash Course Computer Science #8

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Today, we’re going to take our first baby steps from hardware into software! Using that CPU we built last episode, we’re going to run some instructions and walk you through how a program operates on the machine level. We'll show you how different programs can be used to perform different tasks, and how software can unlock new capabilities that aren't built into the hardware.

Coding is a Kind of Storytelling | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Explore how coding and storytelling can go hand-in-hand as children create projects utilizing their favorite PBS KIDS characters in the app.

How to Make a Video Game

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Video games are fun to play, but have you ever wondered how to make one? Carmelo, a grad student in the MIT Media Lab, shows how anyone can start learning how to create video games by talking to machines through programming languages.

Start making at Scratch | MIT!

Early Programming: Crash Course Computer Science #10

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Since Joseph Marie Jacquard’s textile loom in 1801, there has been a demonstrated need to give our machines instructions. In the last few episodes, our instructions were already in our computer’s memory, but we need to talk about how they got there - this is the heart of programming. Today, we’re going to look at the history of programming.

Yet Another Tree Problem - PEG + CAT | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Join Peg+ Cat in this fun problem-solving adventure! Peg is stuck on the top of a tree, and Cat is trying hard to help her climb down. What solution do you think they will come up with?

Computer Programmer

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Check out how humans work to make our computers, tablets and robots seem smart through coding and computer languages.

Programming Basics: Statements & Functions: Crash Course Computer Science #12

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Today, Carrie Anne is going to start our overview of the fundamental building blocks of programming languages. We’ll start by creating small programs for our very own video game to show how statements and functions work. We aren’t going to code in a specific language, but we’ll show you how conditional statements like IF and ELSE statements, WHILE loops, and FOR loops control the flow of programs in nearly all languages, and then we’ll finish by packaging up these instructions into functions that can be called by our game to perform more and more complex actions.

What is Programming? | Ready Jet Go!

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How do people talk to computers? In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, Jet and his friends learn about computer programming from Dr. Rafferty. They demonstrate how it works by using colored playing blocks to signify different computer commands.

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