And thus the word 'hack was born.
|Margaret Hamilton, Director of the|
Software Engineering Division at
MIT during the Apollo Programme
So it's fitting that they also developed Scratch - a programming environment which is perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to code safely, quickly and having lots of fun to boot.
Scratch is a bit like Lego - you plug together coloured blocks on screen to quickly make games, tell stories - anything really. It's free to download - and you can even build a Scratch program using just a browser.
We love coding at Mostly Books (I help run a code club at a local primary school) and we're really excited to tell you about a competition we're running over half-term.
Usborne books have producing coding books for kids for over 30 years - and the latest two books are fantastic additions to the range. 'Lift the Flap Computers and Coding' is a fantastic introduction to coding for young children, and 'Coding for Beginners using Scratch' (out next week) allows children to start writing their own games in a very short time.
Anyone coming in and taking a look at the books over half-term can enter - for free - a competition to win £50 of Usborne Books.
But that's not all. We want to see what you've written!
Send us an example or description of a coding project you've built with Scratch (or another programming language such as Python) and we'll enter you into another coding competition - and your school can win £50 of Usborne Books as well. This competition will run until the end of November.
It can be something from the book. It could be a bouncing ball. It could be a programme to land on the Moon, or something like that first ever computer game 'SpaceWar!'.
Send us a link to your code (or just a screenshot). But do something. But we can guarantee it'll be fun, you'll learn loads.
Come into Mostly Books to learn more - and get coding!